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School of Leadership

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Essential Extras at the end. The Examination is in the download package You must apply for the answers by e-mail How to Open Your Own School Who am I ? Frequently Asked Questions A Manual for Students, Leaders and Pastors REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE ONLY OUTLINES YOU MUST ADD IN YOUR OWN CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE ILLUSTRATIONS, EXTRA VERSES, TESTIMONIES AND EXPLANATIONS. EACH LESSON SHOULD LAST BETWEEN 45 MINUTES AND ONE HOUR. 1985-2010 The DCI Trust, England Global Support for the world of mission Web site: http://www.dci.org.uk E-mail: http://www.dci.org.uk/main/writetodci.htm
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1. The Course Introduction


Welcome to our global on-line training school for 21st Century church and mission leaders. This is a training school without walls, without frontiers, without any fees and one that leaps over every barrier of political, religious, racist, sexist and denominational prejudice, in the name of Jesus. We hope that these lessons will inspire and bless both you and thousands of similar like-minded people who live and dream in the passion of their first love for Jesus. The fact that you starting this course today means that you want to want to know the Lord better yourself, and in your heart you want to see the people in your family and nation, and the unreached peoples of the world and the poor of the world turning to live a disciplined, holy life in the love and care of God through faith in Jesus Christ. This Course will help you to do just that. This is Lesson One, it is very simple and just an introduction. The lessons that follow are more complete and filled with good things to learn and to do. I have personally done them all, taught them in class, handed them on to thousands of people and now they are yours. I hope and pray that you will be as blessed, challenged and moved towards the Lord and His ways as I have been and continue to be as the years go on. Dr. Les Norman

1. First of all we are going to pass on to you an outline of what we have learned over the years and with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Bible, our prayers and an open mind you will grasp the ideas. The Course moves through various interlinking themes in an order which seems to most appealing and useful to the churches in the developing nations: Evangelism, Mission, Discipleship basic level for new believers, Discipleship advanced level Call of God, Believing God for Finances, Leadership Training, Building The Church, The Kingdom Comes 2. Secondly, if it is at all possible in your circumstances we really want you to pass on to others all that you learn, so that the word of God spreads. We will show you how to do that without spending a lot of money which we know is hard to find. To see how to do this please see: How the School of Mission works best How To Open Your Own School and Lesson 66 A Discipling Church By the way when we say a school we do not mean that you have to open a special building with professional staff. Our students meet in church halls, in homes, in shops and even under palm trees in the open air. All you need is a group of willing people, a Bible, these materials and the presence of God with you though prayer. We will help you to make a start and help you along every step of the way.

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Then, what we really want is to see the people that learn from you going and telling the people they know, using the same notes and simple ways of passing on the word of God. Question: How does this Course work best ? Answer: This Course works at its very best when a leader follows the same effective approach that Jesus adopted to train His disciples, and later Paul took the same approach with Timothy, "The things you have heard me say . . entrust to reliable men . . who will also teach others." Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2.2. We would like you to grasp this from the very start. In recent history this Biblical approach was originally taught and practised in the early 20th century by world famous author Watchman Nee in China, later from the mid 1960's this principle was widely taught by Juan Carlos Ortiz in Argentina and more recently became widely accepted through the growth of the world's largest church, that of Pastor Yonggi Cho of Seoul, South Korea. At the end of the 20th century Pastor Cesar Castellanos of Bogota, Colombia had become equally well known worldwide for the G12 movement which taught this same principle to the Spanish speaking world and through which Castellanos's congregation grew from 8 to 120,000 people in ten years. He wrote: "I began to see Jesus' ministry with clarity. The multitudes followed, but He didn't train the multitudes. He only trained 12, and everything he did with the multitudes was to teach the 12. Then the Lord asked me another question: "If Jesus trained 12, should you win more than 12 or less than 12?" Jesus chose 12 to reach the multitudes. He stayed with these 12 permanently, until they were trained and He released them, gave them authority and empowered them to disciple the nations. Pastor, leader, student - the best thing to do is to find 12 to meet with you to take these studies together. The Word of God and the Spirit of God will consolidate everybody's faith and commitment and reproduce Christ's character in you by discipleship and then release those who are willing to go to win 12 more each whilst staying in fellowship with the original group of 12 friends." Look at the incredible mathematics of 2 Timothy 2.2 If If ~ If ~ If ~ If ~ you learn for yourself ~ 1 person hears the word of the Lord you share the lesson with 12 people 13 people hear the word of the Lord the 12 were to tell 12 more people 157 people hear the word of the Lord the 157 were to tell 12 more people 1,884 people hear the word of the Lord. the 1,884 people were to tell 12 more people 22,608 people hear the word of the Lord.

This has happened in China and is happening every day in parts of South America and Africa where 'Training by Multiplication' courses such as this are proving to be the only cost-effective way to teach the thousands of people who are deciding to follow Jesus. This is possible for you and your church or School of
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Mission. No special buildings or materials required just meeting and talking. "The things you have heard me say . . entrust to reliable men. . who will also teach others." Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2.2. Together we can train many people to become mature believers and they themselves will go and do the work of the ministry - in evangelism, discipleship and in care for the poor, having found the faith, the works and the finances that are necessary to advance the gospel. In the first chapter of Genesis, when the Word of God came together with the Spirit of God, there was an explosion of new life and that is our prayer, that the Lord would do the same again, this time in your lives and in your community. Relax If leading a group, developing a School of Mission or working in a group is not possible for you, then you are still more than welcome to take this programme as an individual, or in the best way that your circumstances permit. We have no second-class students. Not one. Is the course difficult? These lessons have been well tested in the churches of Africa, India and the Hispanic world, adapted of course to the local culture. They say the teaching is biblical, true, relevant to the developing world and focused on their passion, to finish the Great Commission so that Jesus can return. Many of the ideas have been born, tried and tested in the developing world, which is not very different from the first century Bible times. With God's help the lessons will not be too difficult even for people with little or no education. The teaching is simple and uncomplicated ands the words should be easy for you to translate if you need to. The notes are clear and easy to read and your friends can also download them free of charge and copy them by hand or by machine. Each lesson can be downloaded and copied separately so it is easy and affordable to obtain these studies. People can make photocopies of the studies one sheet at a time if necessary so even copying the whole course will not be too expensive. In some parts of the world the people copy every lesson by handwriting. Now, please go back to the List of Studies and have a good look at all the studies and see what you will learn and all that you can pass on to others. This gentle introduction which is also lesson one ends by asking you to read every section of the Information Page to make sure that you know what to do. From lesson two onwards you will really start learning.

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2. First Call Is To be a Disciple


To see Jesus you have to be where he is In Your Bible Read This John 12. Here Is Your Memory Verse If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it, Matthew 16.24-25. Afterwards Talk about This Have you ever asked God about one thing and heard a very different answer back? Tell each other what God said. Something to Do before Next Time Make a list of all your possessions, every one, big and small. Bring all your lists to a time of prayer and place them on the altar of worship before the Lord, publicly surrendering ownership to him. Written Diploma Work Explain in one page of writing what it might mean to a believer today to have to carry his own cross. Give examples. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse Luke 24.30-31. The best way to see Jesus is to be with him, then you will both see him and hear his voice clearly. See Luke 8.1. Those that followed Jesus he called his disciples, a word which means learners, pupils or apprentices. This lesson is from John 12.1933 and is all about the cost of being a disciple of Jesus, a price that has little to do with money. The Whole World Has Gone after Him Some men from Greece came to Philip, one of Jesus apprentices who was a Greek like they were, and said that they would like to see Jesus, Philip told his brother Andrew and both of them went and asked Jesus for an appointment for their new friends, 12.21. Jesus would have been pleased with their request because he had just taught saying, John 10.16, "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice." Maybe these men from Greece were the first to come to him from other nations. We Want to See Jesus Have you noticed that sometimes Jesus gives the most unusual response to our questions and requests. His answers deal with the real issues, which are not always what we are asking about! We would expect an answer like 3 oclock, or tomorrow at 10 am. But the answer that Jesus gave, once we understand it, will tell us all how we can see Jesus and know him intimately. What did he say? John 12.23-28.

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The Hour Has Come Meaning yes, it is time for men to see the glory of Gods Son. It is still time, now is always the best time of all. You Have to Die That sounds like a shocking statement but Jesus is not talking about physical death. In order to grow and multiply a seed of wheat has to be buried, lose its outer shell and at the right time emerge with a new life which bears much fruit. The same is true of our life and old nature. It too has to die with all its selfish ambitions and passions, be buried with Christ and rise up, born-again into a new life. When you are born again spiritually you will see Jesus clearly, John 3.3; Romans 6.1-14. A Disciple also Has to Die - Daily The greatest obstacle to seeing Jesus is always self, that is doing our own thing, in our way, even doing it in the name of Jesus. How must a disciple die? Jesus says this ~ By Not Loving His Own Life That means no promoting ourselves and our plans, like Korah did and was swallowed alive by the grave when God opened up the earth, Numbers 16.32. That means no fighting to get your own way as Moses did before God taught him a better way, but that took forty years in the wilderness, Exodus 2.12. That means no helping God to fulfil his promises, like Abram and Sarah did and by doing so brought about the birth of Ishmael the father of Islam, a price for impatience that we are still paying for to this very day, Genesis 16. By Hating His Life Jesus never meant that we are to hate the one precious life that God has given us, rather we are to hate our life in this world. The life the world offers is a life of eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die and that is the end. The world says live - drink, try drugs, sex, and selfish living. No wonder Jesus says die to it. Say no. Hate it. A Disciple Must Follow Jesus To be with him means discovering where Jesus is and then following Jesus own rules, from Luke 14.25-33 where we read that a disciple must: Love Jesus More than any Other Even more than father, mother, wife and family. If for example, father tries to entice you to worship the family idol you say, "No, I love Jesus." If brother-in-law invites you to go gambling with him, you say, "No, I love Jesus." 14.26. Carry His Own Cross That is to bear the weight and suffering of doing whatever it costs to obey the will of God, as Jesus did, 14.27. Give Up Everything He Has Which means to say whatever you thought was yours actually belongs to God, and is his to use and your brothers to use as God directs. 14.33. A disciple must also always want to be where Jesus is, not asking for deliverance from suffering, trials and death, asking only for the glory of
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God, John 12.26-27. Heaven Said, "Yes, That Is Right" The Father was so pleased with what his Son was saying that he leaned over the balcony of heaven and spoke, so confirming Jesus message. The unbelievers said it was thunder, and the religious people said it was an angel that spoke but Jesus said it was the voice of God, John 12.29-30. Jesus then Prophesied First, the imminent judgement and defeat of Satan, bringing the release of his grip on man, John 12.31. Then his own death, and the purpose it would accomplish on the Cross, so opening the way to God, so that as many as wish to see Jesus may indeed be able to see and know Jesus for themselves, John 12.32-33. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Eskimos Operation World page 152 32,000 Inuits in the Arctic Suffering from western life Many conversions since 1982.

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3. The Call of God


Jimmy Carter followed the call of God and became President of the USA In Your Bible Read This Romans 12; 1 Samuel 3. Here Is Your Memory Verse "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him." Matthew 4.19-20. Afterwards Talk about This Tell each other what you believe God is calling to you be and to do, however small or great that might be. Something to Do before Next Time Take one step towards entering into your calling. Pray, think about this, do something significant or prophetic, and tell each other next time what you have done. Written Diploma Work Write a list with references of as many different ways as you can find in the Bible of how God called men and women. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse Amos 7.14-15. Called to What? The first 11 chapters of Romans are about God's goodness to undeserving people, Jews and others alike. Then Paul says in Romans 12 that because of such mercy we are called to 1. Offer him our bodies as living sacrifices, unlike the dead offerings of the Old Testament. 2. Not conform to the ways of the world. 3. Renew our thinking by the word of God. Why? Because when we do this then God promises that we will know and approve his will. Called to Know God's Will First of all we discover that God's will for us is good, that he loves us and wants the best for us and for others. Later we find that his will is actually pleasing to us. Finally we realise that God's will is perfect so we totally surrender to it and no longer want our own way, Romans 12.2. Called to See Ourselves Correctly Not swelled up with pride or seeing ourselves as useless worms. Unworthy yes, but equally of great value in the eyes of God, Romans 12.3.

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Called to Find Our Place No one can serve God in isolation, doing his own thing. We are part of a body, of whom Jesus is the head. Many people want to be a mouth but can you imagine a huge mouth walking down the street with only tiny legs, arms and hands? What a monster! Ask God and He will fit you into the body exactly where you should be, Romans 12.4-5; 1 Cor 12.18; 12-26. Called to Use Our Gifts Like a useful electric tool, when we are plugged in where we fit, then the power flows, in our case as God releases his gifts through us to bless the body, Rom. 12.6-8. Called to Be Different From Romans 12.9 to 13.10 Paul turns his theology into practice and explains in detail all about the Godly lifestyle that everyone is called to follow, enjoy and witness by. How Does God Call? There are six principles here, four concerning God and two concerning you: 1. God is always at work in the world. 2.God is pursuing a love relationship with you which is real and personal. 3.God speaks to you by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the church to reveal himself, his purposes and his ways. 4. One day God invites you to join him in what he is already doing in the world. The call of God is never for you to do what you can do, however good, it is always to become involved with His ongoing work. Neither are the needs of the world the call of God, they are only the opportunities of today. 5. God's invitation for you to work with him always leads to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action. Satan often contests the call of God, asking, "Did God really say?" 6. To join God in his work you will have to make major adjustments in your life, family and career. How Does It Happen? Abraham, Moses, Gideon, Samuel, Jeremiah and Amos all heard the voice of God. Joshua, Saul, David, Elisha, the Seven (Acts 6.3-6) and Timothy were called by God through prophets and leaders. Jesus appeared to the disciples and to Paul (Acts 9). God Calls Women Too! In fact about 75% of all missionaries are ladies. In countries like the Philippines, many church leaders are ladies. What Can They Do? Although churches have different views about this, the Bible records that Deborah, was a prophet, and led Israel, Judges ch. 4 & 5. Ruth was an ancestor of Jesus.
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Huldah prophesied to priests and leaders, 2 Kings 22.14. Esther saved the nation. The daughters of Num 27.3-6 inherited equally when men were absent. Philips prophetic daughters, Acts 21.9. Dorcas did good works for the poor, Acts 9.36. Mary Magdalene, was the first to see the risen Lord, John 20.17. Junia was regarded by many church fathers as a woman and an apostle. Phoebe was a 'prostasis', a helper of many, a woman over others, a position of considerable scriptural authority. Nympha held church in her house; Chloe had people who reported to Paul, and Priscilla, Rufus's mother, Lois, Eunice, and Apphia are fellow workers in the gospel, Romans 16.1; Col 4.15; 1 Cor 1.11, 2 Tim 1.5; Philemon 2. Called to Where? Is it to Arabia or just across the road? First of all we are called not to a place but to a person, Jesus, Matthew 9.35 to 10.10. It Is Jesus Who Calls You Because the harvest is plentiful and the workers always too few. It Is Jesus You Are Called to The call is always first of all to Jesus, to spend time with him learning to obey. It Is Jesus Who Equips You With all the spiritual authority you need to heal the sick and cast out demons. He knows you by name, and helps you through your weaknesses until you are ready to go, 10.2-4. It Is Jesus Who Sends You In his time with clear instructions, 10.5. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Paraguay Operation World page 442 5,000,000 Spanish & Guarani peoples In the South American interior 92% Catholic, 6% Evangelicals.

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4. Who God Calls


Billy Graham was called as a youth and served God for a lifetime In Your Bible Read This 1 Corinthians 1.18 to 2.16 Here Is Your Memory Verse For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another. Psalm 75, 6-7, KJV Afterwards Talk About This Compare how man elects his leaders with the way God looks and chooses. Something To Do Before Next Time Find out where there are some pastors or missionaries working in great weakness, adversity or difficulty. Go and visit them, or write to them to encourage them in their calling and give them hope for the future with your words and prayers. Written Diploma Work Examine the verses which outline the kind of character that God looks for and explain them in a one page essay. Meditate On This Passage 1 Chronicles 28, 9-10 Spend a Minute to Change the World Pray For Chile - 15,000,000 South Americans, 27% evangelicals, 58% Catholic, a century of pentecostal revival, unreached Indian peoples The Bible reveals that it is Jesus who is the great I am from all eternity, the one who sends all the prophets, wise men and teachers to bless the world through all generations. Matthew 23.34 It was he who gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, Ephesians 4.11 Who Does God Choose To Send? Andreu is the son of a pastor and was in church within hours of birth. He has rarely missed a Sunday service since then and by the grace of God led a very blessed life, committed to Christ and his cause in the earth. You would expect God to send Andreu into ministry and he has done exactly that. But Would God Choose These People? Stefan, could barely read and write, but is now a missionary in Spain. Miguel the gambler, now the leader of more than 7,000 people in 30 nations. Leo, from the streets became a power-ful evangelist, before dying of AIDS. Philippe, a poor African villager, now leads 136,000 people in West Africa. Lidia, born a poor lady in the poorest town in the poorest state of a poor country,
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Brazil, has now trained and sent more than 600 people into ministry. Where Does Promotion Come From? Not By Self-Appointment like Korah who appointed himself to lead a rebellion against God's chosen leaders and brought disaster upon himself and all those who followed him. Numbers 16 Not By Man's Appointment. Like Saul who was appointed by man after the people refused the Lord's rule and demanded a King, to be just like all the other nations. Another disaster for all concerned. 1 Samuel 8 Promotion Comes Only From The Lord Psalm 75, 6-7 Here is one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible, "There came a man who was sent from God, his name was John." There was no disaster, only great blessing for many. John 1.6 Do You Qualify For Promotion? There are three basic qualifications: 1. Conviction of sin, with genuine repentance. 2. Conversion to Christ. 3. Baptism in water, Holy Spirit and fire. Only condition of heart not capability of mind and memory qualifies you. Bible Schools are good, go if you can, but remember that the lessons are only a vehicle for God to work in your life by his Spirit and Word. And here is another surprising qualification: God Chooses The Weak And Foolish. God said that Gideon's army was too big and strong to win a victory for him. Gideon was told to send home all those that were afraid, and even then only of few of those who stayed passed a test and were chosen. They won! Judges 7,2-7 God himself came to earth as a weak, vulnerable man. Isaiah 53.3 God chooses weak people. See 1 Corinthians 1, 26-29 God is pleased to use weak people because his power is made perfect in our weakness. 2 Cor. 12, 9 Then God changes weak people, and increases their strength. Isaiah 40.29 Are You Feeling Weak? Do they say you are too young, or too old, or the wrong sex, or the wrong colour, or married when you should be single or vice-versa, or are you disabled - then rejoice ! Your weakness and rejection may well catch God's eye. Gods Plan Is To Break Your Strength See Psalm 66.12; 102.23. He allows painful poverty and obscurity or lack of recognition to come your way to make future leaders weaker and more depen-dent upon him. The harder test by far, which so many fail, is the unexpected test of handling prosperity well. The Great Qualification Of The Heart.
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God is not impressed by exterior appearances, whether tall, dark and handsome, well dressed or not, because God looks at the heart of man. That's why David was chosen in preference to his elder brothers. 1 Samuel 16.7 Peter was a rough, impetuous fisherman, hardly anyone's choice for church leadership, but his heart was right. So were the hearts of these people James and John were sons of thunder, Thomas was a doubter, Matthew was a lover of money, Simon was a political militant, Paul was an enemy of the faith, King David was a terrible sinner, Their hearts were right. Judas was a friend and close companion of Jesus, but his heart was definitely NOT right. The Qualification of Good Character. It is a wonderful truth that God does not consult your past to determine your future. He writes nobody off because of what they were. It is what you are now and what you will be with his help that matters. See the character God looks for in Exodus 18.21, 1 Tim. 3,1-13; 4.12. Why not attract Gods attention by making three decisions today: Decide to love Jesus more than you love anyone else, Luke 14.26. Decide to deny yourself and carry your own Cross, Luke 14.27, 9.2 . Decide to surrender everything to the Lord for his use, Luke 14.33.

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5. Laying On of Hands
Lord, let your Spirit fill us to overflowing In Your Bible Read This Deuteronomy 34. Here Is Your Memory Verse When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied, Acts 19.6. Afterwards Talk about This Does the laying on of hands happen in your church? Is it something that happens formally such as when a Bishop comes or is it something that everyone does? Something to Do before Next Time With the approval of your leaders, arrange to have a time when hands are laid upon each of you, to receive enabling for service, blessing or healing. Written Diploma Work Write two pages to describe when each of the different reasons for laying on of hands took place. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse Exodus 31.1-6. In Hebrews 6.1-2 the writer says that there are six basic things that every believer, however young in faith, needs to know about, before going on to maturity. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Repentance, Faith in God, Instruction about baptisms, The laying on of hands, The resurrection of the dead, And eternal judgement.

The laying on of hands is one of them, and that explains why it is something you will often see in prayer meetings and church services. You will find explanations of other foundations of our faith elsewhere in the course. 1. What Is Laying On of Hands? You can say that the laying on of hands is an act of service one to another that takes place when one person places his hand or both hands upon the body of another person for a definite spiritual purpose. Normally the person receiving the laying on of hands will be prayed for, or prophesied over at the same time. Sometimes a group of believers will gather around someone in need and they will all lay hands on him or her. 2. Where Do We Find This in the Bible? In fact, the laying on of hands is one of the most ancient blessings known to the people of God. There are records of it way back in the earliest of days.
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A Separation unto Death In the Old Testament the Israelites laid their hands on the heads of animals before they were burned in order to transfer their sin to the animal sacrifice. Exodus 29.10; 29; 15; 19; Leviticus 1.1-5; 4.15; 8.4; 8.18; 22; 16.21; 24.14. Numbers 8.12; 2 Chron 29.23. Impartation of a Prophetic Blessing Jacob imparted a final prophetic blessing to his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, by prayer and the laying on of hands, Genesis 48.14. Commissioning of a Leader Moses laid hands on his assistant Joshua to impart authority and wisdom to him as the new leader of Gods people, Deuteronomy 34.9; Numbers 27.1523; Joshua 1.16-17; Numbers 8.10; 27.23. To Impart Healing Jesus imparted healing by the laying on of hands. Elders would anoint with oil, lay their hands on the person and pray for healing. Believers can also impart healing by the laying on of hands, Mark 5.23; 6.5; 8.23-25; 16.18; Luke 4.40; 13.13; Acts 9.12-17; 28.8-9, James 5.14-16. To Impart Blessing Jesus especially loved to impart the blessing of God to little children, Matthew 9.13-15; Mark 10.13-16. To Impart Peace Jesus put his hand on John and said, "Do not be afraid." Revelation 1.17. To Impart the Holy Spirit Believers in general, as well as leaders, were involved in imparting the baptism of the Holy spirit by the laying on of hands, Acts 8.14-24; 9.10-17; 19.6. To Impart Spiritual Gifts The gifts of grace from Jesus were transmitted by the Spirit of God through the laying on of hands, 1 Timothy 4.14; 2 Timothy 1.6; Romans 1.11. To Set Missionaries Apart In Acts 13.1-4 Paul and Barnabas are set apart for missionary work by the laying on of hands, thus receiving a special anointing to carry out that work. To Commission Church Workers The commissioning of the seven administrators of the churches practical programmes in Acts 6.1-6 also involved the laying on of hands by the apostles. The seven were already men of faith. 3. When Do You Lay Hands On? Adequate time and great care should be taken before laying hands on new church workers, ministers or missionaries. The laying on of hands is the last and most public stage of a decision making process before the Lord. Obviously you do not want to choose the wrong person, who might easily bring ruin and division to the church, 1 Timothy 5.22. 4. What Happens When Hands Are Laid? We are not talking about a ritual or a ceremony that happens in a church. That would just be empty hands being laid upon empty heads. It would have no value
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and would lack Gods approval. When leaders or believers lay hands on a man or a woman it is because they desire God to flow his Spirit and his grace through those hands in a time of ministry led by the Holy Spirit, Deuteronomy 34.9. Watch Who Is Laying Hands on You Because the transmission that takes place during the laying on of hands is so real, and so powerful, and because not only the Holy Spirit can be transmitted, take great care in who you allow to lay on hands on you. You should not allow anyone who might be involved with the occult or wilful sin to minister to you because there might be an impartation of evil spirit, which will disturb your life. Ask God in a quick and quiet prayer from your heart, like Nehemiah did in Neh 2.4, and quickly assess the character of the person wishing to lay hands on you. If you are not happy, politely decline the offer. 5. How Do Lay On Hands? It could not be simpler because all you have to do is be an instrument of Gods blessing to the person concerned. The Holy Spirit will do everything else in response to your love, your willingness, your prayer and the willingness and openness of the person to receive. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Former Yugoslavia Operation World page 584 Only Serbia & Montenegro remain Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Slovenia have broken away with bloodshed and suffering Intense ethnic tensions Evangelicals are few but growing.

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6. Perseverance
Mrs.Cory Aquino persevered to bring a peaceful revolution to the Philippines In Your Bible Read This Daniel 10. Here Is Your Memory Verse Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you, James 4.7. Afterwards Talk about This In Acts 16.6-10 the Holy Spirit stopped Paul, in 1 Thess 2.18. Satan stopped him, and 1 Cor 16.12 Apollos himself was unwilling. How can you tell who is stopping you? Something to Do before Next Time Find two new believers each from any church. Visit and encourage them. They may be facing all kinds of opposition. Written Diploma Work Satan stopped an experienced soldier like Paul. Write one page on how you think he did that. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse 1 Peter 5.6-11. Have you ever noticed what happens when anyone decides to follow Jesus? Family members suddenly become experts in religion and the arguments fly. Mention either water baptism or being filled with the Spirit and speaking in tongues and watch the smiles vanish. 1. Someone Is Upset! Ephesians 6.12 says that our warfare is not against flesh and blood, so it is Satan, and his evil network that opposes our: Salvation Where Satan loses his grip, and worse for him, God gets inside you. Water Baptism Where man's old sinful nature is cut off. Spirit Baptism Where new nature is empowered. When Satan fails his next plan is to try and keep new believers in such blindness that they only go to church on Sunday and give a few pesos each week. 2. Onwards, for Jesus Now if you dare to pray about 'missions', really watch out for explosions of inner
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fears, family tears and even misunderstanding at Church, because mission is the vehicle by which the born-again, victorious, spirit filled and led follower of Jesus can make his greatest impact upon the world around him for Christ. The Bible says that without a vision the people perish, Proverbs 29.18, and that is exactly what Satan wants. First he wants you to perish from boredom and then he wants a world of people to perish eternally with him. Your life in the hands of the Holy Spirit may mean eternal life for many men and women. One in Every Hundred Why is it only 1 out of every 100 believers that say yes to missions actually make it to the field? Are prior commitments to marriage, employment or studies, or lack of money the real reasons? Or are some invisible hands at work yet again conspiring to stop new believers, pastors, elders, even entire churches from entering into the Great Commission? 3. Who Is Stopping You? Is It Holy Spirit? Surprisingly it is God, the Holy Spirit who will stop you first, as a friend. If you are willing to serve, you become such a precious person that Holy Spirit may stop you if your direction, methods or timing is wrong. He does not want you to make a mistake and go wrong. See Acts 16.6-10; Isaiah 30.21. Is it Evil Spirit? The very last thing that the spirits of anti-Christ want is the gospel preached in all nations and the King to return. From inside their fortress of worldwide faiths like Islam, they mock us, saying, "You will never get in here. Look how big we are, how many of us oppose you, how small and divided you are!" But in 1 Chronicles 11.4-5 with Gods help resistant Jerusalem fell, and recently so did the Berlin Wall and the giant of communism. We may think we are as small and weak as snowflakes, but when snowflakes get together they stop a city! What happened to those demon princes of Greece and Persia, or to the gods in Elijahs day, and their Roman and Greek counterparts in Pauls day, Zeus or Hermes for example? Did they become extinct? These are eternal beings unfettered by time and mortality with an everlasting strategy of wickedness to hold every age in darkness. So, if the prince of Mexico knows you are coming he may well order strikes against you now to discourage you before you leave home and come his way. So don't be surprised by sudden friction with family and fellow believers probably when you least expect it. Is it Your Own Human Spirit? Most unreached peoples are very different to us and not many believers are prepared to go and live with them and show them Jesus. We can see the reasons in Genesis 12.1-3, where Abram is called by God. Satan of course is also a master of exaggeration and fear. Geographical Obstacles
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Because we have to leave our own familiar country. Cultural Hurdles Because we have to leave familiar people and common values. Social Challenges Because we have to leave family and church and move to a people whom we suspect and they suspect us. Personal Fears Swirling thoughts keep us awake at night struggling with the fear of not being in control, fear of change, or fears of failure in finances or languages. The fact is that we are all so used to comfort and ease and very used to going to church where everything is done for us. When we go somewhere else we may well have to be the church for someone else! 4. Overcoming the Darkness Defeat the conspiracy with Godly steps: Follow Gods call. Be compelled by the love of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5.14. Be discipled into maturity. Victory comes out of weakness through prayer, spiritual warfare, wisdom and the supportive fellowship of leaders and friends who want you to succeed. Be trained in the Bible and skills. Be an apprentice on the field. Finally, be a mentor to others.

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7. The Law of Preparation


Astronaut and believer Buzz Aldrin was a well prepared Christian In Your Bible Read This Isaiah 49. Here Is Your Memory Verse Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life, Isaiah 43.4. Afterwards Talk about This Discuss how you have felt the skill of the potter and the arrow maker in your own lives. Something to Do before Next Time See if you can visit a potter and ask to see the process from ground to finished article. Tell him why. Examine some branches, then go and see and feel some arrows. Written Diploma Work Examine the character qualifications in Exodus, Timothy and Titus and write one page to explain them in modern life. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Jeremiah 18.1-6.

Are Leaders Born or Made? Have you ever realised that raw material has to be prepared before it is ready for sale and use? For example skilled people have to prepare ~ Stone - to be a statue. Iron ore - to make a car. Trees - to make furniture. Wool - to make a coat. Hide - to make shoes.

You can also see Gods law of preparation in nature. Animals prepare for winter, soil is prepared for planting and rough stones are smoothed by flowing water. When we are first saved and called by God we are also raw material, nothing like what we will be after God has prepared us. A pile of stones is never a house until they are prepared and put together in a plan. Even a pile of living stones cannot make a spiritual house or church until prepared, 1 Peter 2.5. Seeds and Plants before Fruit A leader is born, then born again, called and anointed but before he takes responsibility and bears fruit for the Lord there is always a time of preparation. A
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leader avoids or shortcuts this important stage at his own risk and with risk for Gods people later on. The Law of Preparation Because God loves order and excellence and detests mediocrity, in Bible times some things had to be prepared A habitation for the Lord, Exodus 15.2, Psalm 107.36, KJV. Offerings for the tabernacle, Numbers 15.3-12; 23.1-2, AV. A man's heart to seek God, 1 Samuel 7.3; Psalm 10.17, KJV. Materials for Solomon's Temple, 1 Chronicles 22.3-14. KJV. A way for the Messiah, Isaiah 40.3; 62.10; Mat 3.1-3; 11.10. People to meet with God, Exo 19.14-15, KJV. A horse for battle, Proverbs 21.31. Honourable vessels, 2 Tim 2.20-21. A body for Jesus, Hebrews 10.5. A Bride of Christ, Rev 19.7; 21.2.

Every skilled craftsman needs years of apprenticeship, and the skilled leaders of God's people are no exception. Joshua spent years with Moses, Elisha spent years with Elijah, Timothy spent years with Paul. How Does God Prepare Leaders? Isaiah 49.1-6 is the doorway into Gods own training school and the course lasts as long as you make it! You can leave a university but Gods school follows you around, Psalm 139.7-10. The sooner you learn, the sooner you graduate, Isaiah prophesies how God will prepare Jesus for life and ministry. The same process was true for Isaiah and is a pattern for us today. Let us see the lessons in the School of the Spirit ~ Lessons in Destiny Leaders must understood that they were called before birth and flow with their eternal destiny, 49.1; Gal 1.15; Jer 1.5; Isa 9.6; Eph 1.4. Lessons in Speaking Life God works on our tongues to make our words sharp like a sword not blunt and negative. Lessons in Pottery He hides us in the shadow of his hand, 49.2, which is a picture of the Master Potter shaping us, the clay, Jer 18.1-4. Jesus uses his own wounded hands and the earthly hand of his five master builders, Ephesians 4.11. Did you know that clay must first be dug up, even blasted out and separated? Clay must be washed and soaked in water, then hit, pressed thoroughly and poked with a thin wire to remove air bubbles. It must go round and round on a wheel, stretched and pulled apart again and again till shape comes, only to be set aside to harden. Then its the fire!

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Maybe that explains a lot about what has been happening to you? Lessons in Arrow Making God intends to make his leaders into polished arrows, Isaiah 49.2. In those days arrows were made from Acacia wood which is rough, knotted and crooked, just like mans character before receiving Jesus! An arrow shaft is made by repeated stripping, sanding and straightening, with oil which speaks of the Holy Spirit, rubbed in to heal the bruises, before being attached to the arrow tip. The goal is accurate flight to the target every time. The tip is the ministry gift, but the shaft represents character by which leaders rise or fall, and is a major qualification for ministry, Exodus 18.21, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1.5-9. Ever felt Gods straightening process? Now you know why! Lessons in Patience After all that hard work and painful preparation you might think that now you are ready to lead, but instead God conceals you in his quiver, with all the other new arrows. Concealed means hidden from public view, 49.2. It isn't long before all the wrong reactions of frustration, rebellion and independence come out. Some say, "Its all been in vain and for nothing," 49.4, but patience and submission are learned by practice. Graduation Day Finally Comes With a reward for all that suffering. "But now," the Lord says, "It is too small a thing for you just to help my people. I will make you a light for the nations. Bring my salvation to the ends of the earth," 49.5-6. The price of being used by God is patience in allowing him to prepare you to be a fine man or woman of God. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Philippines Operation World page 448 70,000,000 Asian islanders, Catholic majority, 5% Evangelicals Widespread poverty, Dramatic church growth.

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8. Stepping Out
Lost donkeys led to the throne of Israel In Your Bible Read This 1 Samuel chapters 9 and 10. Here Is Your Memory Verse Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity, 1 Timothy 4.12. Afterwards Talk about This Have you ever got yourself into trouble by saying too much, too quickly and to the wrong people. Tell each other what happened, and what you will do next time. Something to Do before Next Time Which man of God are you serving and being guided by. Go and commit yourself to him, tell him of your willingness, look after him and invite his prophetic ministry in your life. Written Diploma Work Write one page explaining the qualities you would look for in a man or woman of God who you could happily submit to. Meditate on This Verse 1 Corinthians 6.12-13.

Is Something Missing in Life? For Saul it was only lost donkeys, but looking for them started Saul on a journey to the throne of Israel, 1 Samuel 9.3. Saul Knew His Father's Voice Saul obeyed his instructions, as we must also listen, hear and obey our Fathers voice. Are You Getting Nowhere? Even in obedience Saul made no progress, and he was about to go back home, 9.45. This happens when people sense the call of God but do not know what to do. Happily the servant knew a way forward straight into God's blessing, 9.6, and by following the same spiritual trail you can also build on your initial call from God and move into your destiny. Here are the steps ~ Begin by Serving a Man of God The servant said, "Let's go to the man of God, perhaps he will show us the way to take," 9.6. Joshua first served Moses. Elisha first served Elijah. Timothy first served Paul. Then later on they were given their own ministry. Live under his eye and under his prophetic anointing and don't leave, until God sends you, and even then maintain a life-long friendship. He may often have a word from God for you,
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9.15,16. Notice that they took a gift to him, because as Jesus said, "Wherever your treasure is that is where your heart is" Matthew 6.21. Where Is the Man of God for You? A genuine man of God may be difficult to find, even Saul did not recognise Samuel immediately, 11.18. Maybe Samuel didn't have the religious robes, charismatic personality or expensive clothing that Saul perhaps wrongly expected? Let God, not your eyes guide you to your father in the faith. Expect some Surprises from God Always remember that Gods ways and thoughts are different to ours, Isaiah 55.89, so keep on submitting to the call of God, even if he shocks you. 1 Samuel 9.2021; Jer 1.7, 1 Sam 16.7; 1 Cor 1.27. Begin to Eagerly Seek God For His Provision In Jesus all that you need has already been reserved for you, Jesus has gone ahead of you, Matthew 26.32. Notice that the leg, the priests portion had already been set aside for Saul, and it has for you as well, 9.23,24. For Prophetic Revelation Revelation knowledge, supernatural guidance and divine interventions are what you need over and above all natural understanding. 9.27; Galatians 2.2, Acts 16.610. For His Anointing This is the indispensable spiritual enabling that accompanies the calling. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit. See 10.1 and Acts 1.8. For His Chosen Destiny for You Just as Saul was anointed as the leader over his inheritance, 10.1, God also has a destiny for you to reach, maybe over a lifetime. Always remember your call, in difficult times you will need that reassurance, Jeremiah 1.5. Now Embrace God's Dealings Whatever else you learn in the School of the Holy Spirit, there are three lessons that are absolutely fundamental for every future leader. 1 Samuel 10.2-6; Romans 6.3-8. Death to Self Saul was sent to Rachel's tomb which speaks of death, John 12.24, Luke 9.23. Inner Changes Then Saul was sent to the oak of Tabor which is the legendary site of Christs transfiguration. This speaks of inner changes brought about by God. Notice also the lesson of humility and learning how to graciously receive on the way. New Resurrection Life Finally Saul was sent to Gibeah, the hill of God which speaks of ascent into new life and becoming a different person, 10.6. He found people to be with and a place
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to express his spiritual gifts. Notice that the enemy Philistines were there as well, because as much as God attests his call the enemy will also contest it. Live in the Wisdom of God Wisdom can mean patience. Saul was told to wait until "these signs are fulfilled" 10.7; Proverbs 8.12. Until then take care with what you say and who you tell, 10.15. Joseph in Genesis 36, 6-9 went wrong because he spoke too soon. What would have happened to Mary had she gone and told everyone what the angel said to her? Instead she went to the one person who would understand what had happened, Luke 1.26-45. Allow God to spiritually and naturally confirm your call before trying to lead anyone else. 1 Sam 10.20-23; 11.15. Never Do What Saul Did Later! Wisdom is learning lessons from history. Saul fell and never recovered. Saul didn't obey the man of God and lost his friendship and support. He took provision from men. He received direction from men. He lived in the flesh not in the Spirit. He lost his anointing and his destiny. 1 Samuel 13-16. God gave him a great start to ministry. He knew what to do but he became proud, self-confident and did the very opposite to all the ways God taught him as a youth. Sadly, he became filled with demons and died in loneliness, defeat and suicide to be replaced by David. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for China Operation World page 163 1, 215,000,000 people, 20% of all mankind Massive revival in some areas, Great resistance in others.

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9. True Fasting
Is it fasting or feasting today? In Your Bible Read This Isaiah 58, Matthew 6.16-18. Here Is Your Memory Verse But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17.21, footnote. Afterwards Talk about This In what practical ways might Gods chosen fast be done in your country. What action would have to be taken other than prayer. Something to Do before Next Time Meditate on Joel 1 and 2 to discover the cause of the threat. Reflect line by line upon the advice of the Lord in 1.13-14, and 2.12-17. Visualise in your mind what that would look like in practice. Should something similar happen today? How could it happen? Written Diploma Work Write the story of what happened after the fast mentioned in verse 3 of 2 Chron 20. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse Matthew 6.16-18. Although this lesson focuses on what God calls his chosen fast, the true fasting, we are going to begin by looking at normal fasting, that is going without food and sometimes water as well, for a reason. Why Fast? Fasting tells our bodies, stomachs and appetites that our spirit is in charge of life, and by exchanging eating time we can get closer to God. When it is called for by God, fasting brings powerful extra spiritual benefits, Matthew 17.21. Many doctors also recognise that regular fasting does the body good too. 1. Have We Really Got to Fast? In Matthew 6.16-18 Jesus assumes that his followers will fast from time to time. He says when you fast, not if you fast. Fasting is a theme that runs right through Godly lifestyle from the earliest days. Fasting Needs a Right Motivation It will not twist Gods arm to help you. It will not help you get your own way, thats a hunger strike! 2. When Should We Fast? There are many occasions in the Bible when people fasted either alone or when everyone fasted together. Upon hearing bad news, Nehemiah 1.4; 2 Samuel 1.12.
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When family, friends or people are ill, 2 Samuel 12.16, Psalm 35.13. In times of bereavement, 1 Sam 31.13; 2 Samuel 3.35. In danger, Esther 4.16, Daniel 6.18, Acts 27.33-34. In threatened national disaster, Judges 20.26; 2 Chron 20.3. Joel 1.14; 2.12-15. In time of threatened judgement, Jeremiah 36.9, Jonah 3.5-10. Before a journey, Ezra 8.21-23. In public confession of sin, Nehemiah 9.1-2, 1 Samuel 7.6. In personal repentance, 1 Kings 21.27-29, Ezra 10.6. In intercession, Daniel 9.3. In response to a revelation from God Daniel 10.1-3, Acts 9.9. When ordaining or sending ministers, Acts 13.3, 14.23. In a Fast What Should We Do? Pray, Daniel 9.3, Jer 14.12. Humble ourselves, Deut 9.18; Neh 9.1. Read the Scriptures, Jeremiah 36.6. Different Kinds of Fasting To begin with why not miss one meal in order to pray, or you could fast from the evening meal till the next evening. In extreme circumstances Moses, Elijah and Jesus all fasted for 40 days. Exodus 24.18, 1 Kings 19.8, Mat 4.1-2. Normally you should always drink extra liquid and very rarely fast from water. You can also fast from sweet things and luxuries. Daniel fasted like this for three weeks, Daniel 10.2-3. You will do well to fast regularly from TV, sport and even from marital relations in order to seek God more, 1 Cor 7.5. Like David, John's disciples, Anna, Paul and Cornelius some people fast as a lifestyle. See Psalms 109.24; 69.10; Matthew 9.14; Luke 2.37; Acts 10.30; 13.3, 14.23; 2 Cor 11.27. 3. Now, Gods Chosen Fast It will be good for all of us to fast from time to time and as Holy Spirit directs, but there is another kind of fasting which is immensely powerful. We could call it the fasted life. Not Every Fast Pleases the Lord In Zechariah 7.5-6 the Lord asks both people and priests if they were fasting for him, or was there another agenda? The fast in Isaiah 58.1-5 definitely did not please God. Even on the day of fasting before the Lord, people were exploiting their workers, quarrelling, beating each other, being hypocrites, trying to blackmail God, complaining and forsaking the commands of God. He says, "You cannot expect to be heard on high!" 4. What Kind of Fast Pleases God? God says in Isaiah 58.6-12, "This is the kind of fasting that I have chosen," and so he recommends it to us. This kind of fast has little to do with just denying yourself food, but is to do with denying self and living for God. It is not for one day either, but forever, as long as we live. He Asks Us to Deny Ourselves and: Loose the chains of injustice. Untie the cords of the yoke, Satisfy the needs of the oppressed.
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Break every yoke. Share your food with the hungry. Provide poor wanderers with shelter. When you see the naked, clothe him. Help your own flesh and blood. Do away with the yoke of oppression. No pointing fingers or malicious talk. This kind of fast changes the world but brings tremendous spiritual, emotional and material demands but see for yourself how God promises to miraculously uphold those who dare to deny themselves and live on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Your light will come like the dawn. Your healing will quickly appear. Righteousness will go before you. The Lord will be your rear guard. When you call, the Lord will answer. Cry for help, he will say, here am I. Your light will rise in the darkness. Your night will be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always. He will satisfy your needs. He will strengthen your frame. You will be a well-watered garden. You will be a spring that never fails. Your people will rebuild ancient ruins. You will repair and restore society. See also Zechariah 7.8; 8.16-19. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Spain Operation World page 499 40,000,000 Southern Europeans 1% Protestant, 27% practising RCs 60% of church growth are gypsies! History-long persecution of church.

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10. Learning to be Faithful


King Saul was not faithful but young David was In Your Bible Read This 1 Samuel 16.1-13, 2 Sam 7.8-11, 18-29. Here Is Your Memory Verse The Lord said, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16.7. Afterwards Talk about This Is there a God-anointed man today that you can unite behind to help him lead the nation to Christ? Something to Do before Next Time Read the whole story of David from 1 Samuel 16 to 2 Samuel 24, and notice especially the road to Zion, and all the stopping places. Written Diploma Work Write a one page essay on the tests of poverty, obscurity and prosperity saying where the dangers lie. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse Matthew 25.21. David was anointed as Israel's chosen ruler when he was a very young man, but many years were to pass before he actually became king at the end of a long road to Mount Zion. In all this time God was preparing him for leadership. Today's leaders will also travel along this same road. Zion for us is not the hilltop in Israel, but a place of spiritual rule where we carry responsibility and see growth. Zion for us is a place where people are willing, especially the youth and where we rule over our enemies, Psalms 110.2-3; 48.11. The road to Zion has many stops on the way. 1. Bethlehem David is anointed King in 1 Samuel 16.13, but he returns to the fields to begin his training for reigning. David has to learn to be faithful and Bethlehem stands for faithfulness in small things Faithful in Natural Things He obeys his natural father without question, 17.17-18. Faithful in Private He kills a lion and a bear, unseen and unrewarded, 17.35.
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Faithful in Small Things David looks after a few sheep whilst awaiting his destiny, 17.28. Faithfulness Creates Opportunity God looks for faithfulness and with it, he creates opportunity, 1 Samuel 16.17-19; Psalm 75.7. News of Davids qualities had reached the palace and David's name was put forward. Promotion and success came quickly but for David, success also eventually meant Saul's anger and jealousy, 1 Sam 18.5-9; 19.10-13. 2. Adullam David was now in great personal need and he escaped to the cave of Adullam. 1 Sam 22.1-3, and became the leader of 400 men who came to him. Some were distressed people - weeping with self pity! Some were in debt - and wanted help to pay their bills! Some were discontented people - who never stopped complaining! David also had to care for his parents. They were all people in need who hoped that David could help them, when David actually needed help himself! On the road to Zion, one stop is always at Adullam, which is where you learn to be faithful to the needy when you are in greater need yourself. David taught them discipline and they became an army, 23.5, and he taught them respect for authority, even in a mad, ungodly king, 24.3-7. Watch Out But beware, at Adullam people may come to you to get their needs met by your faith. They may not come to help you, and when you need help later on, there is none! This is what happened to David with the people of Keilah whom he saved from certain death, 23.1-13. Always remember that Jesus alone meets every need, your own and those of the people. Always point the needy people to him. 3. Ziklag David was living in Ziklag at a time when his faith in God's promise was shaky. One day when the men returned Ziklag was on fire, and all the wives and children had been taken. David's angry men talked about killing him! 1 Samuel 30.1-6. At Ziklag David learned to be faithful to God in total loss, of faith, family and friends. David, "encouraged himself in the Lord," and his lowest point actually became his turning point.

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4. Hebron Here David learns to be faithful in relationships with other anointed men who were experienced soldiers and mighty men in their own right. 1 Chron 11 and 12. They recognised Gods anointing, authority and vision in David, so instead of pursuing their own careers or ministries, they came determined to make David the king of all Israel. After the Adullam experience David asked them three heart-searching questions: Have you come in peace? Have you come to help me? Have you come to unite with me? [1 Chronicles 12.17-18.] When they entered into unity the anointing and the provision increased, 1 Chron 11.3; 12.39-40. Seven years later, together they conquered the mocking Jebusites, took Mount Zion and brought in God's Kingdom rule, 2 Samuel 5.6-12. 5. Zion, the Journey's End Zion is all about faithfulness in ruling, in a Christ-like manner, neither dominating, nor manipulating the people. David did well but rule brought David many tests of faithfulness that he did not always pass: He brought back the ark the wrong way, and a man died. He greatly sinned with Bathsheba, and her husband and a baby died. His son Absalom led a rebellion, and he and many others died. 6. The Hardest Test of All On the road to Zion you may suffer poverty but you are safe because you stay close to Jesus. You may suffer the frustration of obscurity but you do everything for Jesus and stay safe from pride. In Zion though the hardest test of all awaits every leader, and many men fail. In Zion there is prosperity and praise and strangely enough because of that leaders can and do forget Jesus, and fall. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Bethlehem, be faithful in small things. Adullam, be faithful to the needy. Ziklag, be faithful in total loss. Hebron, be faithful in relationships. Zion, be faithful to God in ruling.

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11. Temptations Bring Trials


President Nixon was called to stand but he fell into temptation In Your Bible Read This 1 Tim 6.3-21, Daniel 4.28-37, 1 Kings 19. Here Is Your Memory Verse Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No-one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs, he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules, 2 Timothy 2.3-5. Afterwards Talk about This Divide into two and ask each other the questions of integrity. Something to Do before Next Time Bring from your home any magazine, book, video, idols and anything else that should not be there and burn them together in Jesus name. Written Diploma Work Write one page on how the temptations could possibly affect you. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: 2 Timothy 2.20-21. God's plan is always to raise leaders who will faithfully serve him for a lifetime, but Satans plan is to strike the shepherd so that the sheep are scattered. We should not be ignorant of his schemes which present us with dangers like these, Zechariah 13.7, 2 Cor 2.11. Temptations In the wilderness Satan tempted Jesus to abuse his position and spiritual power to provide for himself, then tempted him to take a short cut to avoid suffering and finally Satan suggested self-promotion. Jesus said, No every time! A decision taken by you now may save your life later. Another set of temptations that leaders face is called girls, glamour and gold. Girls, (Or Guys!) a Misuse of Sexuality Allowing sensual words and pictures into the eye can all too easily lead to sex outside of marriage, especially in times of loneliness, stress or travel. A fall damages ministry, marriage and the trust of many, Prov 6.20-35; 5.7-14. Glamour, a Misuse of Position You hear pride boasting about what "I" have done, instead of honouring God. Pride caused Satans downfall and has deceived a host of leaders since. Daniel 4.28-37, Proverbs 16.18, 29.23.

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Gold, a Misuse of Money Envying big houses, limousines, gold watches, fine fashions and first class travel inevitably leads to debts, abusing the giving of Gods people and fatal financial pressures, 1 Timothy 6.6-10. Best of all - Dont Fall! Be aware of the deceitfulness of your own heart, Jeremiah 17.9. Fix your eyes on Jesus, Heb 12.2. Humble yourself before God, lest Satan humbles you, 1 Peter 5.5-6. Stay close to God, Job 33.14. People say, "There but for the grace of God go I." There is a grace from God, so be sure to take full advantage, 2 Timothy 2.1. Have a friend to talk to, one who is honest with you. Get him or her to ask you these following seven questions often ~ The Questions of Integrity 1) Have you been with a woman (or a man) anywhere in the past week that might be seen as compromising? 2) Have any of your financial dealings lacked integrity? 3) Have you exposed yourself to any sexually explicit material? 4) Have you spent adequate time in study and prayer? 5) Have you given priority time to your family? 6) Have you fulfilled the mandates of your calling? 7) Have you just lied to God, me or yourself? Blessed or Stressed? After Satan the next great enemy of the leader is himself, for example Elijah. By 1 Kings 19 he has stopped the rain to bring economic ruin to the nation, raised a dead child, called down fire from heaven, slain 400 false prophets, returned the rain and ran faster than a chariot. What a man! But now when Jezebel threatens him, all of Elijahs emotional energy is exhausted. He cannot face one more confrontation or prophetic performance, not one more issue. He cannot even face seeking God again for his word. Elijah Has Had Enough He leaves his servant, runs away from the problem and ends up alone in a dry place asking God to take his life. Moses prayed much the same thing, Num.11.15, and it can happen to anyone. A leaders own concerns about family, finances, church and future can lead to overload, emotional burn-out and even a breakdown, 1 Kings 19.3-5. What Were God's Answers? There was no rebuke from God, only mercy and some good food, drink and rest. God's teases out the unbelief and self pity and leads Elijah into a new encounter with him. 19.5-9. After the wind, shaking and fire God gently whispers to Elijah that he is not finished yet and sends him back the way he came to anoint two new leaders and to find another 7,000 believers! He obeys the Lord and his ministry goes on in power, 2 Kings 1 & 2.

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Beating the Burnout When a spring is stretched too far it has to be melted down and re-made. Just like us if we push ourselves over the limit. Beating the burnout now will save months of being re-made. How to Guard Heart and Mind Stress is all to do with hearts which sink under one more pressure, and minds which overload and then cannot make good decisions. Paul in Philippians 4.2-9 says that the God of peace and the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind when ~ You You You You You You attend to stressful relationships through humility and repentance. keep rejoicing in the Lord, as an act of your will. are gentle, not irritable, because the Lord is near, and there is hope. are not anxious about anything, but tell God and thank him, choose to think about what is actually true, not what is threatened. reflect on positive things not dark negatives.

God promises you a way out of every trial, 1 Cor 10.13. That may involve dealing with practical issues of managing time, finances and debts, and saying No to some people, projects and papers.

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12. Deal with Discouragement


Why are you downcast? Put your hope in God! In Your Bible Read This Joshua 1. Here Is Your Memory Verse Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1.9. Afterwards Talk about This Is anyone in the group discouraged. Be honest because God gives grace to the humble. Minister to each other. Something to Do before Next Time Ask God in prayer to lead you to som people who are discouraged, and begin to minister hope to them. Offer to pray for them according to the answers we have found. Written Diploma Work Look at the reasons for discouragement and write two pages on where those reasons could be seen in life today. Meditate Word by Word on This Passage : 1 Peter 5.6-11. I will always remember my friend John. One day shortly after he was wonderfully saved from a life of drug addiction he stood up to sing Psalm 42, verses 1, 2, 5 and 6 in a beautiful deep voice. "Why are you downcast O my soul, Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God." Years later I heard that John had been retired from leadership, and he was very discouraged. What had happened? Discouraged? You Are Not Alone! Discouragement is one of Satans favourite weapons, and he has used it against Gods people down all the ages. Read what these people said, Moses, in Numbers 11.15. Joshua, in Joshua 7.7. Elijah, in 1 Kings 19.4. Job, in Job 10.1. David in Psalms 42.5 and 43.5. Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 15.10. Two disciples, in Luke 24.17.

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So Why Are You So Downcast? Encouragement is when we gain more courage so discouragement means the very opposite and happens when something causes our courage to drain away. Here are some of the reasons why that happened to people in the Bible ~ The Hardness of the Journey In Numbers 21.4 the people were tired of their journey to the promised land. The desert was taking its toll. Rubbish from the Past In Nehemiah 4.10 the people were worn out moving rubble from the past. That can be true for us too when past habits come back and cause us to fall. Words from the Enemy In Nehemiah 4.11 the local enemies added a stream of discouraging negative words. Eyes off Jesus, Back on the World In Psalm 73.2-3 the writer testifies that he almost fell when he stopped trusting God and started envying the prosperity of the wicked. Danger! Secret or Deceitful Ways In 2 Cor 4.2, Paul knows how discouraging it can be when people do selfish things behind your back. The God of This Age Thats Satan, mentioned in 2 Cor 4.4, God is the One who gives endurance and encouragement. See Romans 15.5, so that you know who it is that pours out discouragement. Personal Empire Building Never carries the blessing of God and always leads to failure and discouragement. See 2 Cor 4.5. Physical Tiredness and Weakness In 2 Cor 4.7 Paul calls us jars of clay to show how fragile we are, and how glorious is Gods treasure within. Remember that jars of clay easily break or crack and that is true of our bodies and minds if we overwork them. The Dealings of God If we forget that the Master Potter is always busy moulding, shaping and stretching us to make us more like Jesus, then we can soon become discouraged with some of the things that happen to us in Gods workshop. See 2 Cor 4.8-11.

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How to Overcome Discouragement There is no one thing that you can always do because as you have seen the reasons for discouragement are so varied. But here are some steps to take. Recognise the Giants at the Gateway The two giants who guard the entrance to the promised land even today are called fear and discouragement. If you are hearing from them and feeling their pressure then you know that you are close to your promises. At this crucial time like Joshua you must be strong and courageous and press on in the grace that God gives. See Joshua 1.9. Understand What Is Happening In 2 Corinthians 4.16, Paul says not to lose heart because through our troubles we are being renewed inwardly. He says that these light and momentary troubles are achieving something good for us in God. Now . . . Hope in God Even if faith is low you can still hope in God and believe that the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. See Psalm 42.5 and Romans 16.20. Confess Your Need, Ask for Prayer In Ecclesiastes 4.12 we find out that two are better than one, especially if one is overpowered. Dont keep your feelings to yourself, tell someone and pray together, particularly binding Satan. Receive from God Open your heart and let Holy Spirit minister Gods endurance, encouragement, hope, joy and peace to you, Romans 15.5 and 13. Deal with the Natural Causes When Elijah was tired and discouraged God sent food and rest for him before dealing with the real reasons and giving him a new word, a new direction and a new hope, 1 Kings 19.3-18. Stand on the Promise of God Peter counsels us to humble ourselves under Gods mighty hand, to cast our anxiety on him, controlling ourselves, resisting the devil and helping others who are also suffering. He gives great hope by saying that the God of all grace will soon come himself to personally restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" 1 Peter 5.6-11. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Niger Operation World page 419 8,000,000 African desert tribes, 90% strong and organised Muslims 0.38% Christian but open to gospel, at least 19 unreached peoples.

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13. Loneliness in Leadership


People wrestling each other is not the best way forward

In Your Bible Read This Exodus 18, Romans 16. Here Is Your Memory Verse Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken, Ecclesiastes 4.912. Afterwards Talk about This Discuss how you have seen that two together accomplish much more than two working separately. Something to Do before Next Time Organise a tug-of-war championship with contests between churches, schools, bars and so on. See how a team can really pull together. Written Diploma Work Write a page to say why Jesus sent out the apostles two by two. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Numbers 11.14-17. One of the most common, yet unspoken problems in leadership is the pain of loneliness. Some ministers simply do not have any friends or colleagues because they were taught in Bible School that a minister has to be separate from everyone else. On the contrary the Bible presents us with a strong model of men working together in team. Pauls Apostolic Teams He began as just two people, but later he had a bigger international team and a sizeable team in Rome, Acts 13.1-4; 20.4; 16.1-10; Romans 16.10-16. Apostle or Apostolic? Members of apostolic teams do not have to be apostles, but they do need to be apostolic and called and equipped by God for apostolic strategy. For Paul this meant travelling but for the Antioch team meant wide ministry in the city. In Pauls teams you find a wide variety of people from experienced ministers like Barnabas and Silas, to young men like Timothy and John Mark, Doctor Luke, intercessors like Epaphras, Col 4.12, Tychicus the messenger, Eph 6.21, Zenas the lawyer and Apollos the refugee preacher, Titus 3.13. Teams changed as people found their destiny in God and took responsibility, some were sent out while others joined. Not everyone made it first time! Acts 15.38; 2 Tim 4.11.

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Principles of Team God himself is the finest example of team, because although Father, Son and Holy Spirit all have different roles they work together in perfect harmony and unity towards a common purpose previously agreed by all, Genesis 1.26; 3.22; 11.7; Isaiah 6.8; Matt 3.16-17. Jesus Formed a Team He chose his team after a night of prayer consulting with his Father, then called them to him and gave them authority and gifting, Luke 6.12-15, Mat 10.1. He knew and discipled each one by name, and later sent them out 2 by 2, Matthew 10.2, 5; Luke 10.1. When the church was formed on the day of Pentecost the apostles naturally enough chose to work in a team. The Genesis Principle You can see the benefit of teamwork in the building of the tower of Babel that caught Gods attention, Genesis 11.1-9. Although in this case the people were all working towards an ungodly goal, just notice the power of unity and speaking the same language, which meant that nothing was going to be impossible for them, Genesis 11.1-6; Psalm 133. The Ecclesiastes Principle Solomons wisdom says that two are better than one, and a three fold cord cannot be easily broken, Ecc 4.9-12. A long time ago a man noticed that if he harnessed two horses together they could in fact pull far more weight than two horses working as individuals. It is now well known that two working together accomplish far more than two individuals - it's called synergy. Two together with Jesus become that three-fold cord that is not easily broken. An ideal team also needs a 3-fold cord of vision, or the prophetic, plus pastoral ministry to care for all the people the vision is driving, and an administrative ability to handle all the organisation that the vision demands. Choosing Your Team This principle came from a time when Moses had a typical leader's problem of overwork and was heading for exhaustion until father-in-law Jethro gave him some good advice. Jethro said that Moses role as the leader was ~ To represent the people before God. To teach the people. To be an example to the people. Exodus 18.13-20. Moses was told to choose capable men, men who fear God, trustworthy, honest men and work as a team with them, delegating the workload to them. The benefit would be that Moses would be able to stand the strain and the people would be satisfied, Exodus 18.21-26.

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Moses like some apostles did not always learn quickly and some time later is still working alone and is so exhausted that he prays to die. Again God says form a team of men who you know and are happy with and who will stand there with you. Numbers 11.13-18. Choose Loyal Men Because God takes the spirit of the leader and puts it on the team, so everyone must be enthusiastic for the leaders vision and his or her way of doing it, otherwise you will soon have di-vision, that is 2 visions. Loyal men are there for you, not for their own reasons. Jesus had three disciples who he knew would be specially supportive to him. Elijah heard Elisha say, "I will not leave you," and at Hebron David looked for loyal men and asked them three questions, Have you come in peace? Have you come to help me? Have you come to unite with me or to betray me? 1 Chron 12.17-18. Team Development Team life begins with everyone being dependent on the leader and visionary. Later on they become inter-dependent upon the leader and each other but the danger comes if pride ever makes one member think of being independent. His premature departure weakens the team and also his own credibility and future. Mother churches which are apostolic bases that send out apostolic team ministry into the city and the nations are the New Testament way of advancing the gospel. Can we do any better? A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for North Korea Operation World page 334 26,000,000 Asian peoples, iIsolated nation, near collapse 68% atheist, 30% Shamanism Once in revival, now 0.4% believers

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14. Ruling Your Time


Time lost is gone forever In Your Bible Read This Ecclesiastes 3. Here Is Your Memory Verse As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no-one can work, John 9.4. Afterwards Talk about This Be honest with each other. How you are managing with time for Jesus, family, rest and the boss. Who gets the most? Something to Do before Next Time Make a special effort to arrange some quality time for the family, or for parents if you have neglected them. Do something special together, not necessarily spending money, but using the time for each other. Written Diploma Work Keep an honest diary for a week to record how each half hour is spent, whether on God, family, rest, work, other things or wasted. Evaluate and suggest changes. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Galatians 6.9-10. Time is very unique. If your house burns down you can rebuild it. If your bank fails you can make the money again. If your animal dies you can always replace it. If You Lose Time It Has Gone Forever Solomon wrote that there is a time for every human activity, and he also said that a wise man will know the proper time and procedure for every matter, Ecclesiastes 8.5. Who Are the Winners in Life? The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all, Ecclesiastes 9.11. The Gift of Time God gives 24 hours of time equally to every person, every day. The race of life is not won by the swift or the wise but by the person who makes best use of time. Redeem, Buy Back the Time Redeem the time, because the days are evil, Ephesians 5.16. To finish the race we must neither waste precious time nor become so busy that we become driven people. Believers should live ordered, God glorifying lives and carry around a unique atmosphere of peace and eternity even when busy.
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I Hope This Is Not You A driven person usually has a cluttered room, an untidy car, a lack of self esteem, fears discovery, forgets appointments, double books, leaves messages unanswered, fails to meet deadlines, breaks promises, feels bad about his work, has little intimacy with God and poor personal relationships, sleeps badly and is stressed. Who Wants Your Time? God does to begin with and so does your family, your body and your boss, not necessarily in that order. Quality Time for God Means Silence and solitude. Listening to God. Reflection and meditation. This allows eternity to get into your heart and saves you from being driven. Quality Time for Your Family Means Time for husbands, wives and children to enjoy each other. Time to honour mother and father, whatever age you are, Matthew 15.4. In this way love gets into your life and saves you from being driven. Quality Rest and Re-Creation Means The 1 in 7 principle, Exodus 34.21. The come apart or fall apart principle, Mark 6.31. Are your holidays, holydays? If you do these things then peace gets into your life and saves you from being driven. Quality Use of Time at Work Means Handling time consuming papers and people properly. You spend more time at work than anywhere else except asleep, so handling the things that swallow time can make a big difference. How to Make Work Run Much Better Handle Papers Properly Divide all incoming papers into four baskets: i) Action needed now. ii) Information for later actions. iii) Background knowledge for reading. iv) Scrap - straight to the bin. Deal with file 1 now, and see the rest later when you have more time. Remember that filing is so you can find things later, so as soon as any file becomes 3 cms thick, divide it with all the papers same way round. Handle Precious People Patiently Papers often make us so busy and frustrated that people who are the reason for any workplace are often treated in a second class way. Even before you speak
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remember that your body language speaks more loudly than any words, and then your tone of voice gives all your feelings away before you say any words. Here are the graces, six ways to redeem the time at work by receiving people properly. 1) Greet them only. Keep working. 2) Receive them politely. Don't sit down 15 minutes will soon be gone. 3) Accompany them to the right person. 4) Confer with them. Give them your top quality time, fixed by appointment. 5) Engage with them. For very important issues you forget the diary. 6) Say goodbye if they are time wasters and never listen to what you say. A Simple Notebook and a Diary Will help you organise all the things you have to do. Look at it before the day starts. Ask these questions about the jobs to do: Is Is Is Is it it it it urgent and important? Do it. Action today. not urgent but important? Delay it. Pick it up later. urgent but not important? Delegate it. Let someone learn. not important and not urgent? Ditch it. Why do it at all?

Don't be afraid to plan in time with the Lord, yourself and the family. Unplanned time will be seized either by dominant people, your undisciplined areas or by whoever shouts loudest. Order at work saves you from being driven and gives you more time and energy for Jesus, family and yourself. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Yemenis Operation World page 582 16,000,000 Gulf Arabs 99.9% Muslim Yemen once had many Christians.

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15.. Destiny in God.


Martin Luther King made his life count with Gods help In Your Bible Read This Jeremiah 1. Here Is Your Memory Verse Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations, Jeremiah 1.5. Afterwards Talk about This Only one life, will soon be past, only what's done for Jesus will last. If this is true what serious changes will you make? Something to Do before Next Time Write down your vision from God for yourself, your family (even if you are still single) and for your Christian service. Set yourself short, medium and long term goals for each area making sure they all meet the SMART principle. Written Diploma Work Write a real or imaginary two page plan to hold an evangelistic campaign. Use the seven questions properly. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Jeremiah 29.11-14. See the chart Islam and other fatalistic religions teach that we are like leaves falling from a tree in autumn into the river of life which takes us where it will, depositing us on the bank or sweeping us out into the sea of eternity. In sharp contrast in Christ, through faith and prayer which brings revelation, we can know God's plan for our lives. But unless we bring order into our lives then the revelation will remain forever in visionary form and neither we nor this world will benefit from our years. Discovering Gods Plan for Your Life See the illustrated chart A successful life has deep roots in God, and blossoms for his glory. Finding the right direction, one that brings the most out of your life and changes the world for the better is not dreamed up in a moment but is a combination of eternity, the past, the present and Gods prophetic revelation of his chosen future for you. 1. You Were Known in Eternity Past Before time began there were conversations in heaven about your life, Jer 1.5, Galatians 1.15, Psalm 139.15-16. The Sovereign God Chose for You Your birth date and place, your colour and appearance, your parents and
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background whether rich or poor. So you can assume that he has a plan for the rest of your life too. Your Past Prepared You Since birth the wounded hands of the Lord have been uniquely preparing you. Shaped by the Master Potter through good and bitter experiences alike in the family and in circumstances, schools and religious teaching whether Christian or not. Can you see the fingerprints of Jesus on your past giving you a lifetime of grace and protection from accidents and evil in the school of life. You have lived when others have not. 2. Then Life Really Began He brought you to a place of sensing his holiness and feeling convicted of your sins, facing a lost eternity. His Spirit revealed your Saviour to you, Jesus, and gave you faith to believe and to become a follower of Gods Son. Gods Honeymoon Time New believers often seem to enjoy a honeymoon period with the Lord when Father pours out his love and pleasure on his new family. There is healing and freedom from Satanic grips of the past, and the grace and thrills of baptisms in water and in the Spirit, Eph 2.1-10. 3. The Call of the Present It is not long before we find out that God has plans for us, and our curiosity is aroused. See Jeremiah 29.11. What Are We Here for? In John 13.3 we learn that, like Jesus, we have come from God and we are here for God and one day we shall return home to God. Knowing this brought Jesus such security that he, the Creator of the world and Lord of all, was able to serve by even washing the feet of his disciples. Pray to Discover the Plan Ephesians 2.10 says that God has prepared good works in advance for us to do. So find out from the Lord why you were ever born and then born again. Grasp his eternal purpose and the job that Jesus has for you to do, John 15.16. Write the Vision Down on Paper See Exodus 31.18, 1 Chronicles 28.19, and Revelation 1.19. 4. Now Plant the Vision of Your Future As a seed in prayer, letting it rest in God awaiting the day when new life and a harvest comes, John 12.24. 5. Set Clear Goals to Shape Your Future Clear goals streamline our thoughts, prayers, diaries, resources and they release power like nothing else can.

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Effective Goals Are SMART - that is to say: Solid, tangible, that is not vague. Measurable, to see how you are doing. Achievable - realistic, not impossible. Repeatable, clear enough to tell others. Timed - with a deadline to finish by . . . a certain date. You can have short-term goals, say for the next 3 months; medium term, say for the next 2 years; and long-term say 10 years from now. 6. Priorities Add Even More Power No-one can work on more than six goals at once so make a list of all the many things you want to do personally, in the family and in Christian service. Then ask yourself the question - If God only allows me six, which six will they be and of those which is the most important, and then the second, etc? 7. Good Answers Make Perfect Plans To make a perfect plan for even a small church project ask seven questions. The answers will give you a perfect plan. What do I want to do - exactly? Why do I want to do this? Where will I do it - exactly? When shall I begin and aim to finish? Who will supervise me, work with me, and who will benefit from my plan? How will I do it? Step 1, step 2, etc. How much will it cost? Luke 14.28-29.
8. Now Put Your Plan into Action

Because faith without works is dead. Be prepared to commit your time, energy, prayer, money, reputation and pride knowing that all hard work brings a profit, Prov 14.23. Don't forget to take lots of advice and learn from others. Every 3 months and every year end evaluate progress and make any necessary changes. A House of Prayer for All Nations: Pray for Brazil Operation World page 128 165,000,000 people, all colours Astonishing 22% evangelicals, many spiritist worshippers Many poor & unreached peoples.

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16. The Story of the Kingdom


In Your Bible Read This Genesis 1; Revelation 20.11 - 21.5. Here Is Your Memory Verse He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new! Rev 21.4-5. Afterwards Talk about This All that you have to look forward to in the glorious and certain future planned by God from eternity for you. Something to Do before Next Time Ask permission to go into schools, colleges and universities to share this Christian world view of the past, present and future. Written Diploma Work Describe on one page what Hebrews 6.4-5 means by tasting the gifts and powers. What can the full banquet be like? Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Revelation 20.15. Discovering Your Roots You may think that Christianity is something quite new in the earth, or that it is a western religion that makes a bit more sense than local beliefs. But you would be very wrong. You are about to discover your true identity and see that you are part of a huge living family with a history that stretches back to before time began, and reaches forward into a glorious future. Here is a brief explanation of the chart: 1. Pre-History Before history began is the unending time of eternity, Psalm 90.2. Little is known but the Bible gives clues like Psalm 2.7. Ezekiel 28.12-19 refers to the birth of Lucifer or Satan as does Isaiah 14.12-20. 2. This Age This present age began by Gods creation of the universe, the Earth and Adam and Eve, not by evolution from a big bang. After the fall of man, this age up today is represented by the list on the chart, titled death, sin and Satan. Early Events in Human History Creation, sin, the fall of man, death, the promise of God to put things right, the birth of enmity with Satan and the start of his contest for world power. Mankind divides into Cainites who are known for violent ungodliness and Sethites like Enoch who are Godly. However there is intermarriage between spirits and humans, or a spiritual invasion, and this brings a major crisis of sin on earth, Genesis chapters 1 to 5. Noah, the Flood and a Covenant
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Genesis chapters 6 to 11.9. However sin remains: Gen 9.20-22, and soon turns to idolatry which God judges at the Tower of Babel, where the nations and cultures are born: Gen 11.1-9. Abraham In Genesis 11.27-12.1 onwards God turns his attention to one man, Abraham, who is destined be father of a new people, the people of God. Isaac And Jacob Abrahams son and grandson inherit the same promise as he received, Genesis 12.1-3, which is passed through Joseph into Egypt and 400 years of slavery. See Genesis 21-Exodus and lesson 29. Moses to Israel and Judah Moses rescued the entire nation out of Egypt by Gods hand and they met with God at Sinai, Exodus 19 and 20, lesson 29. Even though they never became a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, they represented faith in the one true living God for 1,500 years, always looking for a future kingdom. Judges Malachi. Jesus "The announcement of something new from God came to a peasant girl in a northern bush town. To shepherds who didnt even have the right to testify in a court of law and perhaps most amazingly to astrologers. Where were the theologians, the media people, the powerful and the religious who would make sure that the Son of God would haul Judaism back to God and his holy calling? God knew that demon powers lodge in those who control society. Therefore this gospel, this child, was entrusted to peasants, shepherds and to astrologers seeking something beyond the stars." From Gerald Coates. Jesus, the First of the Age to Come John the Baptist announces that the kingdom is near, the end of the Old Testament. Jesus preaches good news that the kingdom is near, and teaches men how to enter. Jesus sends out his disciples to say the same and his miracles prove the arrival of Gods kingdom. Jesus confidently announces the future laws of the kingdom and teaches kingdom life and destiny through the parables, as fact not hope. He promised that his kingdom would transcend his death and told us to pray for more of this kingdom to come. In effect Jesus declares war against Satans kingdom rule. Matthew 3.2; 5.20; 7.21; John 3.3; Matthew 10.7; 12.28; Matthew 5, 6 and 7; Matthew 13.11; Luke 22.30; 11.2; Mat 12.26 and 1 John 3.8. The Cross Clears the Way The enemy is disarmed, Col 2.15, but is still present and very dangerous until Jesus comes again. 3. The Age to Come Begins to Enter The resurrection, John ch. 20 to 21. The first bible school, Acts 1.3. The promise of the Holy Spirit, Acts 1.5. The long-term strategy, Acts 1.8. The Church Age Begins. The age of Christs concealed glory. We only taste, but not yet feast on that list on the chart titled Taste.
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"The Holy Spirit empowers the counter attack as the two kingdoms enter into conflict until Jesus returns, Acts 2.1-4. Satan receives a setback every time the sick are healed, every time a demon is cast out, every time a lost soul is saved; every time races live together in love and harmony; every time greed is exposed and punished; every time families maintain holiness and purity. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus comes to give abundant life." From C Peter Wagner, Spreading the Fire. The Second Coming of Christ as King The age of Christs manifest glory. The first resurrection, 1 Cor 15,35-57. Satan is bound and Jesus physically reigns on earth for 1,000 years until Satan is released and men follow him again, still captive by sin, Revelation 20.1-8. Second Resurrection The final judgement and the opening of books at the great white throne of God. The eternal confinement of death, Hades, Satan, his servants and all whose names are not written in the book of life, in the lake of fire, Revelation 20.11-15. 4. The Kingdom of God Fully Comes Unending time, a new earth and a new heaven and the just rule of God. See the final list on the chart and thank God for bringing you safe into his kingdom. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Nepal Operation World page 405 21,000,000 Indo-Aryan people, 89% Hindu, 0.5% Christian 25 believers in 1960, now 50,000.

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17. The Glory of the Kingdom


In Your Bible Read This Matthew 13.1-52. Here Is Your Memory Verse The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ and he will reign forever and ever, Revelation 11.15. Afterwards Talk about This Talk about where you see the righteous and compassionate rule of the Kingdom of God breaking into life in your city and nation. How does it come? Something to Do before Next Time Find some of those people who Gods Kingdom belongs to, and go to them as ambassadors bearing gifts and good news. Invite them to a better Kingdom. Written Diploma Work From the Kingdom parables of Matthew 13 explain in two pages the mysterious advance of Kingdom. The Kingdom section of lesson 3 gives you an outline to follow. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse Daniel 7.13-14.

What Is the Kingdom, and Where Is It? We often read about the Kingdom of God (or of heaven) but what do we know about our homeland, our history and our King? Is it just another name for the church? Who is in it, and who is not? Where did it come from? Can anyone come in? What is life like in the Kingdom? Does anyone care about the poor? What is the economy like? What do the people do? Does the Kingdom have any enemies? Will it rise and then fall? The disciples also wanted to know more about the Kingdom. Lets see what we can find out, Matthew 18.1; 20.21; Luke 19.11; Acts 1.6. 1. What Is the Kingdom? Put simply, a kingdom is a place where a King rules. In order for a kingdom to operate, properly and healthily, it needs two things. Firstly, a King, whose word is final and whose power is absolute. Secondly, a band of happy subjects, who are keen and able to the will of the King. Gods Kingdom was prepared before the creation of the world and people had been looking forward to its coming for a long time.

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The Church is just one part of it. It is one of only two kingdoms each with a ruler and citizens, but only Gods Kingdom is called good news and it cannot be shaken. It has keys, secrets and treasures that we can discover, in fact some people sell all they have to gain them. It is not of this world but eternal and invisible until a man is born-again, and then it is easily seen and explored. Matthew 25.34; Mark 11.10; Mark 15.43; Luke 8.1; Hebrews 12.28; Matthew 16.19; John 18.36; Matthew 13.52; Matthew 13.44-45; Luke 17.20-21; John 3.3. 2. Who Is in Gods Kingdom? The King Is Jesus Jesus preached about the Kingdom all the time and said people should repent and turn towards it. Once Jesus taught his disciples about the Kingdom for forty days so it must have been important and there must have been a lot to talk about. We do know that it was established at the high cost of his own body and blood, Luke 4.43; Matthew 3.2; Matthew 4.17; Acts 1.3; John 18.36; Luke 22.30. Who Does the Kingdom Belong to? It belongs to God, the Father, then to the poor in spirit and to the penniless poor who follow Jesus. It belongs to the persecuted, to the children, and to the street people. Sometimes people have to go on a long journey to reach the entry point of the Kingdom of God and some people even choose not to marry to be more available for Kingdom service. People can be very enthusiastic to enter. In Gods Kingdom you can be least or greatest. Position is determined by obedience and by being an example to others. The least disciple is said to be greater than any Old Testament hero. Sadly some people will be thrown out for not accepting Jesus and some who today think they are first will be last and the last in may be the first. Luke 11.2; Mat 5.3; Mat 5.10; Mat 18.4; Mat 21.31; Mat 25.14; Mat 19.12; Mat 18.1 and 4; Mat 5.19; Mat 8.12; Luke 7.28. 3. Where Can You See Gods Kingdom? The disciples saw the entry of the Kingdom and it is near wherever you find forgiveness from the heart, power to bring order, right living, peace, joy, generosity and equality with changed minds to do Gods will. The Kingdom rules where Gods people represent him well as priests and when they are alert for the Kings return. In his Kingdom there is considerable provision for hungry, naked, thirsty, sick and imprisoned people. Matthew 18.23; Luke 12.32-34; Matthew 25.1; Matthew 25.35. How Do You Enter the Kingdom? Never by buying your way in with money but only through the grace and love of God and the finished work of Jesus. You enter by the callings of God, his righteousness, doing Fathers will, trusting like little children and humbling your heart. You enter and remain in the kingdom by accepting the clothing that God provides, cutting off all evil activities, being born again spiritually, enduring many
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hardships and willingly caring for the least. Mark 10.23; Luke 18.24; Col 1.12,13; 1 Thess 2.12; Matthew 5.20; Matthew 7.21; Matthew 18.3-4; Matthew 22.12; Mark 9.47; John 3.5; Acts 14.22; Mat 25.34; 40. 4. What Work Do You Do in the Kingdom? Kingdom people pray for the Kingdom to come and they seek Gods Kingdom rule first. Work is sacrificing on behalf of the Kingdom, casting out demons and sickness, preaching good news in all nations and trusting God not human effort for provision, whilst using the Kings money well. More hard work is resisting all ruinous division, religious coldness and unbelief, and never, ever looking back. Matthew 6.10; Matthew 6.33; Luke 18.29; Matthew 12.28; Matthew 10.7-8; Luke 9.2; Acts 8.12; Acts 19.8; Luke 12.31; Matthew 12.25; Matthew 23.13; Luke 10.11; 9.62. 5. The Destiny of the Kingdom The Kingdom is forcefully advancing and destined to grow side by side in tolerance with the kingdoms of this world. It will penetrate all human society without mans help, fuelled by an inner life. There are signs which point to the final coming of the Kingdom and the return of Jesus as King forever over a pure and holy people. His Kingdom will be a place of feasting and he will destroy all enemies and hand over the Kingdom to his Father. There will be lesser sub-kingdoms within the Kingdom but the wicked will not inherit a place now or in the future. Jesus followers inherit a new spiritual body to enter the Kingdom, Mat 11.12; Mat 13.24; Mat 13.31; Mat 13.33; Mat 24.14; Mat 24.31; Mat 25.10; Luke 13.29; 1 Corinthians 15.24; 1 Corinthians 6.9; Galatians 5.21; Luke 1.33; Revelation 11.15; 1 Corinthians 15.44. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Taiwan Operation World page 170 22,000,000 Chinese peoples, 70% Chinese folk religions Rapid industrial growth and wealth.

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18. The Coming of the Kingdom


The Constitution of the Kingdom is a series of attitudes not laws In Your Bible Read This: 1 Corinthians 15. Here Is Your Memory Verse And he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 18.3. Afterwards Talk about This Is Jesus really the King over your personal life, marriage, family, workplace and church. Where are you not obedient to his commands? In those areas we can repent and change with Gods help. Something to Do before Next Time Go for a walk near the main institutions of your district. The government office, the police, the army, the orphanage, the schools. Pray over them that Gods kingdom would break in and the plots of darkness be defeated. Written Diploma Work What did you think the kingdom of God was all about? How would you describe it now in one page of writing? Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Matthew 6.33. 1. What Is the Kingdom? Is it an inward power which enters the human soul? Adolf von Harnack. Is it uniquely in the person of Jesus when he entered time? C H Dodd. Is it an apocalyptic realm to be inaugurated by an act of God when history is broken off and a new heavenly order begins, altogether future and supernatural? Albert Schweitzer. We can stretch out our hands and grab great handfuls of it and drag kingdom life, spirit, truth and principles into our personal morality, our relationships, finances, business life, ministry and travels. The Kingdom of God is at hand? Roger Forster. Or is the kingdom not primarily concerned with individual salvation or with the future but with the social problems of the present? Popular liberal view. Or is the kingdom only identified with the true Church, which as it grows, the kingdom extends by mission to slowly win the entire world to Christ and thus transform the world order into the Kingdom of God? Augustine. Can it be that the Kingdom and the Church are not the same thing, but church is Kingdom community. The Kingdom is the reign of God, which is far greater? John Wimber.

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2. Which Is the Real Kingdom of God? Let us go back to the Bible and see what it says about the kingdom: A present spiritual reality, Rom 14.17. A future inheritance which God will bestow when Jesus returns in glory, Matthew 25.34. We are already in it now! Col 1.13, Luke 16.16. A later realm we enter when Jesus returns, 2 Peter 1.11, Mat 8.11, 13.41. The Bible says that the kingdom is in you so it must be here, Luke 17.20-21. Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world at all! John 18.36.

Are You Clear Now? No, well do not be surprised. Why so many opinions? Surely there is only one kingdom? "There is such a lot in the Bible about the kingdom and that explains the many interpretations with verses for all. The kingdom is a present reality, and a future blessing. It is an inner spiritual blessing which comes by new birth and yet it has to do with government of the nations. It is a realm that men enter now, and also a gift of God which he will bestow in the future, yet which must be received in the present. Obviously there is no simple explanation!" Abbreviated from G. Ladd, Gospel of the Kingdom. Mat 12.28; 1 Cor 15.50; Romans 14.17; John 3.3; Rev 11.15; Mat 21.31; Luke 12.32; Mark 10.15. 3. The Key that Unlocks the Kingdom What does kingdom mean? In modern language it means a geographical state with a monarch and people who are ruled. The bible word for kingdom is basilea which means royal power, kingship, dominion, rule, not an actual kingdom but the right or authority to rule over a kingdom; the royal power of Jesus. In ancient languages this is exactly what kingdom meant. When God judged Belshazzar, it was his kingdom rule not Babylon that was terminated, Daniel 5.26. In the parable of Luke 19.11 the nobleman went to receive his basilea or right to rule. 4. Your Kingdom Come Jesus said we must pray for his kingdom to come, and we must seek it first as little children, Matthew 6.33; 6.10; 18.3. But What Are We Asking for? Is it more church? Or heaven on earth, solutions to human disorder, or power to colonise the world for Christ? We are asking for Jesus, the King, to reign in me and in all of us. We are asking for the doing of his will, the increase of his rule, his lordship or kingship. When our prayer for his kingdom to come is answered then heaven enters into our lives, families, churches and cultures. "You can tell when the kingdom is present in a situation when you see harmony in
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it, when people are right with God and with one another. When you dont see harmony, its a clear sign that Gods rule has been thwarted and something must be done about it." From John Wimber. 5. So, Where Is the Kingdom? "The kingdom of God is full of people hungering thirsting and seeking; knocking on the doors of heaven and hoping to empty it of its truth, power and integrity until we have heaven on earth. Of course there are many things that are already and some that are clearly not yet. The kingdom of God does not consist of dragging our past around with us, it consists of dragging Gods future into the present." From Gerald Coates, Kingdom Now. "The kingdom of God is present in every nation where people own Jesus as King. It is essentially spiritual with tangible, visible manifestations of love from another world. The kingdom of God is also future, when Jesus delivers the kingdom to God and puts an end to all enemy rule, power and death, and one day brings in a new heaven and new earth, 1 Cor 15.24-26. Until then we live in a world where many enemies of God and his people are still present. Satan is called the god of this age, the prince of the power of the air and has the whole world under his sway. And that written after the Cross! Before the Cross Satans control almost total, he could offer the world to Jesus. But the world is about to hear some good news because the kingdom of God is near and a liberating army is at the doorstep of humanity." From C Peter Wagner, Spreading the Fire, 2 Cor 4.4; 1 John 5.19; Eph 2.2; Luke 4.6. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Brunei Operation World page 133 Only 300,000 Malays and Chinese, incredibly wealthy from oil 71% Muslim, 8% Christian, no evangelism of Muslims permitted.

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19. The Blessed of the Kingdom


The Constitution of the Kingdom is a series of attitudes not laws

In Your Bible Read This Matthew chapter 5. Here Is Your Memory Verse Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you, Matthew 5.11-12. Afterwards Talk about This How do you feel when people get upset with you because you follow Jesus and go to church? If you displayed the attitudes of the kingdom do you think they would treat you differently? Something to Do before Next Time Ask God for opportunities to display kingdom be-attitudes and take them when they come. Be ready to give a testimony next time you meet. Written Diploma Work Draw a mountain from earth to high above, showing the stages of ascent to the peak, giving the scriptures and outline. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse 2 Timothy 3.12. According to the Amplified Bible to be blessed means, "to be happy, envied, spiritually prosperous, with life, joy and satisfaction in Gods favour and salvation, regardless of outward conditions." One of the first lessons that Jesus taught the crowds was how to be blessed. Most of them were poor, working people in an oppressed nation so he taught them how to blessed regardless of outward conditions, Matthew 5.3-10, Matthew ch. 5 to 7.29. 1. The Beatitudes Are Be - Attitudes Jesus showed us how to approach life and how to be in that right attitude that leads to blessing. They are his own attitudes and we should have the same attitudes, Philippians 2.5. Mountain Climbing in the Kingdom The be-attitudes are eight upward steps to the peak of a blessed life 1) Be humble, living in constant need of God and his help, Matthew 5.3. 2) Be penitent, mourning for your sin, and the sins of others, 5.4.
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3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)

Be Be Be Be Be Be

meek, that quietness of a soul at rest in God, 5.5. hungry, a spiritual appetite, shows you are growing, 5.6. merciful, like God himself, shows further advance, 5.7. pure in heart, the high altitude where you see God, 5.8. a peacemaker, calming storms in the lives of others, 5.9. ready to suffer, the peak with the prophets and martyrs, 5.10-12.

2. Being Poor in Spirit Is to Be Blessed Theirs is the kingdom of heaven, but who are they? Poor is ptochos which means someone lowly, afflicted and destitute of wealth, influence, position, honour, virtues and eternal riches; helpless, powerless, a beggar lacking learning and totally dependent on others, Matthew 5.3. To be poor in spirit is to know that we have no resources of our own and being in great need of all things, God alone becomes our only source of supply. It is to lose our independence and become totally dependent on God and upon one another. Jesus only did what he saw his Father doing. This was true poverty of spirit, John 5.19. 3. Being Mournful Is to Be Blessed They will be comforted, but what does it mean to mourn? Matthew 5.4. Jesus made sure that the people understood, so he used the same word we would use at a funeral. In many cultures mourning means weeping and loud wailing, deep groaning, going without food, bending low, walking bare footed and bare headed. But Jesus was not referring to natural death but to an attitude of sorrow for the personal and national sin that brings death. Jesus was a man of sorrows, yet was anointed with the oil of joy above his companions, Isaiah 53.3; Ezra 10.6; Nehemiah 1.3; James 4.9-10. 4. Being Meek Is to Be Blessed The meek will inherit the earth, but what does it mean to be meek? Matthew 5.5. The modern Greek word for meekness is prautes which describes when a young horse is broken and harnessed for service. Someone has to gain control of its life and establish a relationship, then the horse submits to authority and serves its master, wearing a bridle for direction. In meekness it yields not weakness but controlled strength, and becomes useful. Likewise a meek person chooses to waive all rights and self interests, yielding his or her strength for God and others. 5. Being Hungry Is to Be Blessed If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be filled, Mat 5.6; Psalm 42.1-2. Food and drink are real needs of the body without which we will die. Even more we need an intense hunger and thirst for God, seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness. Jesus said that his food was to do the will of God and to finish his work. So we are to truly hunger and thirst after the righteous-ness which is the everlasting constitution of Gods Kingdom, Matthew 5 to 7, Matthew 6.33; John 4.34; Mark 8.8.

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6. Being Merciful Is to Be Blessed Do you want to be shown mercy? God is rich in mercy, and as we receive his mercy so we are able to show mercy, just as our Father is merciful - and be blessed! Matthew 5.7; Ephesians 2.4; Luke 6.36. Being merciful is not just feeling sorry for people and letting them off when they are caught, but its intentional kind-ness, forgiveness and the offer of help. 7. Be Pure in Heart and Be Blessed To be pure in heart means that you have no mixed motives, hidden agendas or double standards. The word katharos means unalloyed metal, unmixed wine, an army purged of cowards and dissidents. People with pure hearts know God and his purposes because their motives are pure, Matthew 5.8; James 4.8; Psalm 86.11; Proverbs 4.23. 8. Be a Peacemaker and Be Blessed It is not just anything for a quiet life but an active pursuit and involvement that confronts problems and brings them to a satisfactory conclusion, Psalm 34.14. Peace is eirene or shalom, harmony, prosperity and the favour of God. Only sons of God can bring that, Matthew 5.9. 9. Being Persecuted Is also a Blessing! Persecution is a result of a clash between the kingdoms of God and of Satan which oppose each other spiritually, morally, ethically, and in beliefs and behaviour. True kingdom people feel the heat of battle in discrimination, insults, persecutions and in evil accusations of all kinds. Jesus said that it will happen but to rejoice and be glad for the same thing happened to the prophets. Great is your reward in heaven. Mat 5.10-11; 2 Tim 3.12; John 15.20; 1 Pet 4.13-14. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Sri Lanka Operation World page 502 18,000,000 Sinhalese and Tamils, 70% Buddhists, 7% Christians Only 0.45% evangelicals, long civil war and suffering.

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20. The Mission of the Kingdom


Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a great writer and a believer In Your Bible Read This: Isaiah 11 and 12. Here Are Your Memory Verses For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, Isaiah 9.6,7. Afterwards Talk about This What difference would it make if more committed Christians entered the pillars of society that we have identified and stood for God and for the people? Something to Do before Next Time Organise a meeting for businessmen, teachers, reporters, government workers and so on to pray for them and to encourage them as kingdom missionaries. Written Diploma Work Write a brief article for a church or denominations magazine encouraging the believers to take the kingdom of God into the pillars of the nation. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Proverbs 11.10-11. We discover the mission of the kingdom and kingdom strategy to accomplish it every time we pray the prayer the Lord Jesus gave us, Matthew 6.9-10, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The Mission Is to Exalt the King As the peoples of the earth join heaven in praise and worship to their rightful King, Revelation 4.8-11; 5.9-14. The Strategy Is to Extend His Righteous Kingdom Rule Of the increase of Christs government and peace there will be no end, Isaiah 9.7, so step by step all the territory usurped by Satan through treachery and folly in Eden will be recovered. Kingdom is wherever the King, and the constitution of the kingdom of God reigns and necessarily conflicts with the kingdoms of Satan, man and this world. At the Cross only a few friends confessed Christ as their Lord, God and Coming King but today hundreds of millions of people happily bow the knee and confess Jesus as Lord with their lips. His government is increasing. The Kingdom Will Come One day there will be peace on earth between man and God, between man and his fellow man, nature and the environment. When the Kingdom comes in fullness the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea, Isaiah 9.1-9; 11.9.
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1. The Advancing Kingdom The Kingdom mission strategy has three strands to increase the government of the King ~ 1. Mission in every believer 2. Mission in every nation 3. Mission in all the world. "A return to the King and his Kingdom will stir every local community, its media, its business and industry. A return will radically affect the world of entertainment, politics, education and medicine and bring about a clash of values and personalities, but primarily of spirits because the Spirit of the kingdom of God is altogether different from the spirits of the kingdom of darkness. Not only are they different but they stand opposed to one another!" From Gerald Coates, Kingdom Now World famous writer H. G. Wells, who was not a believer said, "The most radical proposal ever presented to the mind of men is the proposal to replace the world order with Gods order, the Kingdom of God." Thats a very good description of the kingdom mission. 2. Mission to Every Believer Paul wrote in Phil 2.12-13; and 1.6, "Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose," and "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." You will discover the many ways that God is doing his own mission work in you as you work through this course. 3. Mission to Every Nation Every nation has its pillars which hold society in place and greatly influence the lives of the people for better or for worse, towards God and righteous living or towards Satan, corruption, injustice, inequality and widespread misery. The Pillars of Society Government National and local politics, the administration, the courts of justice and prisons. Family: Marriage, medicine, hospitals, care of the poor, the homeless, the orphans. Media: The press, radio, magazines, TV stars, computers, the Internet. The Arts: Music and songwriting, painting, writing, poetry, sculpture and design. Entertainment: Sports, cassettes, CDs, videos, theatre, cinema, holiday resorts. Religion: The beliefs, the churches, mosques, temples, idols and superstitions. Education: From kindergarten and junior schools to high schools and universities. Business: The boardroom, the bank, the stock-exchange and the workplace.

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God wants every believer to join him in his mission to increase righteous kingdom rule in the nation. Since the Garden of Eden each of the pillars in every nation has been dominated to a greater or lesser degree by Satans kingdom, but since the Cross the way has been open to drive out the disarmed powers of darkness and bring in the Kingdom of God, Col 2.15. Salt and Light Kingdom rule increases when believers see themselves not as employees or employers but as missionaries sent by God into all the different worlds within their own nation to redeem the peoples in there for the King. By prayer, by faith and by righteous living the mission of Kingdom advances, God is praised and a nation changes little by little. Men Should See Your Good Deeds Read Matthew 5.13-16. When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people, Proverbs 11.10-11; Proverbs 14.34. 4. Mission to All the World Isaiah 11.9 says that one day the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. This is the Great Kingdom Mission or Commission, and you will find a whole section in this book about your call from God to join him in it, Matthew 28.19; and 22.36-40. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Somalia Operation World page 491 8,000,000 in four major clans, 99.96% Muslim, but failed by Islam Nation destroyed by anarchy, Intensely dangerous place.

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21. The United Kingdom


Whats wrong with the world? I am, said George Bernard Shaw In Your Bible Read This John 17, Acts 10. Here Is Your Memory Verse There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all, Ephesians 4.4-6. Afterwards Talk about This Examine your hearts for prejudice, pre-conceived ideas and traditions and confess and repent for who you have been considering unclean, that God has cleansed. Who is Cornelius in your area? Something to Do before Next Time This week visit Cornelius, as many pastors, priests and people from other churches as you can to encourage them. Written Diploma Work On one page propose what might be done in your area that people might believe through our oneness. Meditate Word by Word on This Verse: Ephesians 4.3. 1. Will Jesus Prayer Be Answered? Jesus prayed that we might be one as God is One, although three very different persons are united in that Oneness. God also intends his flock also to be one in its rich diversity, under one Shepherd. There is no greater source of public ridicule than our church divisions, and no more popular excuse for ignoring the gospel. People generally have little problem with God but the way we represent him can be scandalous, John 17.11; 21.22; 10.16. Is Your Evangelism Working? We spend huge amounts of money on mission but give little attention to the most effective evangelistic strategy of all, John 17.21-23 and John 13.34-35. 2. The Promise of Being One Increased Anointing and Provision 1 Chron 12.38-39, 2 Samuel 2.4 when David and the mighty men became one. Commanded Blessing Mount Zion is a dry, dusty place but when brothers are one it is as if Zion enjoys the daily life giving water that Mount Hermon is famous for. The oil of healing and anointing flows from the head to the whole body, Psalm 133.

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Why Do We Prefer to Be Cursed? Such blessing is impossible while we insist on so many separate denominations each with its own churches, colleges, agendas and missions. Denominationalism is utterly opposed to Jesus prayer, and builds walls of prejudice perpetuated by generations of exclusive clergy. Every enthusiast for it is disloyal to Gods heart. 3. Why Does This Happen? Fallen People We have to understand that even Christians have selfish, competitive ambitions that lust for power and personal empires unless restrained. Satanic Strategy Satan joined the Church long ago, to work on the inside rather than simply attacking from the outside, Luke 11.17. We Build Walls Not Foundations Remember this word: AIDS not the disease, AIDS = for unity. A is for absolutes, I for interpretations, D is for doctrines and S for subjectives. When we focus on our Absolutes such as Gods existence, mans sin, Christ as Saviour and eternal life we are very much one with each other. Absolutes are common ground especially when we face false religions together. But when we continually preach our own Interpretations of a verse, or our own Doctrines from a series of verses, or worse if we insist on our own cultural or Subjective feelings then we rapidly build walls that divide us. 4. Becoming One Thank God that in many parts of the world a new and fresh wind from God is blowing. What can we do to help bring healing to Christs broken and divided body? Repentance ? Famous thinker George Bernard Shaw once asked, "What is wrong with the world?" He answered his own question, saying, " I am." The difference between two words UNITED and UNTIED is only the position of one letter, the letter I. The answer always starts with me and my position towards you. Guard What God Has Given Ephesians 4.3 tells us to keep the unity of the Spirit in peace. To keep something implies that it already exists, so we are more united than we think, although many things challenge this. Unity of the Spirit is the unity that the Holy Spirit brings, not manufactured uniformity of either doctrine, culture, lifestyle or worship. Confess Personal Prejudice In Acts 10.9-16, God shows Peter in a vision a zoo coming down from heaven in a sheet. "Get up Peter, kill and eat." "Surely not, Lord," says Peter the Jew. "You have got it wrong, I know the rules of my religion and I am not eating those
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animals!" To really make the point God challenged Peter's prejudice, his preconceived ideas, his stubbornness and his religious and cultural subjective feelings three times. Why? To prepare him for a revival where he least expected it, and where he would not normally go because of that prejudice. Into a Gentile home where God was waiting, Acts 10.17-48. Unclean - or Unknown and Unloved? We need to reach the many Cornelius' of today who may be so culturally different and disliked by us that we never imagine that God actually cares about them. Yet how many people in the different races, religions and denominations actually want to love a God they do not know? Prov 30.1-6. 5. Becoming a United Kingdom Christians can be traditional people, or charismatics, or radicals but can we grow together that the world might believe? What Can We Do? We can focus on the Absolutes of scripture. Stop looking at the ways that we are different and do something together in the ways that we are alike. We can appreciate the respected Interpretations of scripture of others, even though we think differently. We can pray for the Holy Spirits activity to increase in the whole area. We can decide to promote Christ and his word in our towns above any particular name or church. We can practice supportive speech and actions towards one another. One church started a monthly lunch for Ministers and wives. It began icy and full of suspicions but years later it was healthy, fun and effective with city-wide campaign called Together 95. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Colombia Operation World page 173 35,000,000 Spanish speakers, 93% Catholic, 3.1% Evangelicals Notorious for drugs and violence, significant church growth.

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22. Kingdom or Calamity


Messages from heaven for the end-times In Your Bible Read This: Revelation chapter 14. Here Is Your Memory Verse Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgement has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water, Rev. 14.7. Afterwards Talk about This Discuss how you see the four horsemen of the apocalypse riding through the earth in your lifetimes. Something to Do before Next Time Write an article sensibly warning people about Bible prophecy concerning loss of investments, and submit it to your local newspapers and radio stations. No scare tactics or you will lose credibility. Written Diploma Work Write a page of suggestions concerning how we might worship the Lord better than we do in our church services, taking into account the ways to bring him glory. Meditate on These Verses: Revelation 19.1-2. Many people believe that we are in the last days before Jesus returns as King. Certainly, there is no later day than today. The new millennium and the turn of 1999 into the year 2000 is of great prophetic interest to many while the recently turned year 6000 in the Jewish calendar is very significant for others. Scientists are alarmed about the environment, politics are in continual crisis, and spiritually we know that sin, crime, injustice and inequality cannot go on for ever. Something is going to happen. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse In Revelation 6.1-8 we learn about four horsemen who will ride the earth. Never have the sounds of their hooves been clearer. The rider of the white horse is Jesus who rides to conquer the hearts of men. Rev 19.11. The red horse follows and he takes away peace from the earth as men kill each other as in the two world wars, Bosnia and Rwanda. The black horse brings economic ruin to nations until the poor cannot eat, but the rich get richer through the crisis. Last is the pale horse ridden by death who gathers men through violence, disease and catastrophe. Thankfully the Bible says that when sin abounds, grace abounds even more, Romans 5.21. We are going to meet three angels with clear messages from God for the end times. Maybe they are Christian leaders who catch the ear of the world
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because in Rev ch. 2 the word angel refers to the leaders of the churches. 1. The First Angel Proclaims the eternal gospel to every nation, tribe and language as Gods no.1 priority. He has three messages: - In a fearful world - fear God alone. - Give him glory. In a time of spectacular advance of knowledge, medicine and science, God expects to be honoured and thanked for such mercy. - Worship him alone, the creator not the created. So often worship is no more than singing in church. We can also worship the Lord by co-operating with his priority to finish the Great Commission. Romans 12.1-3. 2. The Second Angel He prophesies that, Babylon is fallen. Revelation 14.8. Babylon is a home of demons and evil spirits that cast magic spells to lead the nations astray and into madness, killing many of the saints. Kings, rulers and merchants commit adultery with her because she gives luxury and wealth and turns merchants into great men. Babylon satisfies mens lust for personal or corporate riches and splendour. It is the world trade in luxury goods whilst millions lack food and so trade their own and their childrens bodies and souls. See Revelation ch. 17 and 18. Ruined in One Hour! In one hour she will be brought to ruin! How can this be? The corrupt Maxwell empire crashed. Japanese banks have defaulted. Remember the notorious Black Wednesday of 1992 when international speculators destroyed the value of the pound and European currencies. Investors, including pastors lost millions of pounds in one hour on the London Stock Exchange. Come out of Her My People These were just warnings from heaven for God's people to heed the command of 18.4. Either we give our lives and possessions to God or we will lose them as the world system receives its overdue judgement. Christians should make sure that their savings, investments and shares are in the right hands and not in the wrong place. Haggai 2.6-7, Jeremiah 51.6-7. 3. The Third Angel The message of the third angel is to prepare God's people not to compromise with a beast's system or receive his mark in order to even go shopping, or you will receive God's fury, Rev 14.9; 13.11-17. Who Is the Beast? He is a coming political leader of global stature. A very convincing, powerful man with a compelling system that enjoys evil supernatural backing that demands worship.

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What Is This Mark? The technology to place a mark already exists in the West and only waits for wider acceptance. An electronic bar code on hand or head is a brilliant idea to curb crime, and so withdraw money. Christians need to discover faith in God for provision, Isaiah 55, along with non-materialistic community lifestyles, Acts 2.4247, so that a compromise can be avoided. This calls for patient endurance on the part of God's people and may bring martyrdom to some. It will at least demand a daily dying to self in the face of ridicule and isolation. Is this fanciful Speculation or Prophecy? What do you make of all this? Read Zechariah 1.4-6 before you answer. 4. Two Harvests of the Earth The First Is by Jesus Who commands the harvesting the earth of Gods people for eternal life with him. Revelation 14.14-16; Daniel 7.13. The Second Harvest Is Eternal Death By the angel in charge of the fire of judgement and destruction for those who have refused to fear God, to give him glory or to worship him, preferring to live in Satan's kingdom. It is a harvest for the awful winepress of God's wrath. Rev 14.11; 17-20; 2 Peter 3.12. Now we understand the pressing urgency of the first angels message from heaven to finish the Great Commission. We will need each other in the times that are coming. Meanwhile we should store our treasures in heaven by investing our lives in God's work with the lost and the poor, using worldly wealth to gain friends by sending the gospel of the kingdom to every nation, Matthew 6.20; Luke 16.9. A House of Prayer for All Nations Pray for Eritrea Operation World page 216 4,000,000 in nine major peoples, 30 years of war and drought 50% Muslim, 40% Orthodox, huge challenge to rebuild the nation Freely you have received, freely give.

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How to Open Your Own School


Without spending a lot of money If you have seen the list of studies we hope that you feel excited about the possibilities of adding a training school to your church, cell group or mission. It's a decision that you would never regret. What shall you do next? Here are some of the answers, but remember that the promise of God is that if you will acknowledge Him in all your ways, He will direct your paths. See Proverbs 3.5-6. We are ready to help you to start a 2 Timothy 2.2 style training centre, because we know how very cost-effective this model of training can be. You may e-mail us to share your plans and ask for advice. Frequently Asked Questions Do we need a separate Bible School building? Many people think that a Bible School has to be a special building with a Cross on the top. The structure of this course helps you to avoid such big expenses because it is designed to be done in a home, in a hall or even under a shady tree, with minimum expenses. This is particularly important for people who live in countries where Christians are persecuted or poor. Did you know that for the first 400 years after Jesus died and rose again that the believers had neither church buildings nor Bible School buildings, yet the church grew very fast. The 2 Timothy 2.2 principle is very effective One man teaches a small group of say 10 people, in a home. So 11 people know the word of the Lord. Each of the ten passes on the learning to 10 others, in his home. Now 111 people have heard the word of the Lord. Each of the 100 meet with ten others to teach them in a home. Now 1,111 people have been learning, at almost no cost. This is called Training by Multiplication, and although the figures can differ, the principle works all over the world, and succeeds. See also Lesson 66: A Discipling Church Who should come and learn? God will guide you as the pastor-teacher as you pray, but look for enthusiastic, thoroughly converted men and women of all ages and backgrounds who know that God is calling them to serve Him. Loyalty is worth very much more than education or riches, so ask God for people who will become your friends. Pray for people who will come and share your vision and sufferings, joining you in the work, serving under your supervision. Say no, or maybe next year, to people that you feel unsure about after prayer. Trust the witness of Gods Spirit to your spirit, He is never wrong. Remember that Jesus chose only 12 people to be his close disciples You do not necessarily need to have more. Choose a few to begin with, the right people and that is fine. More will come as word spreads and that gives you time to become more proficient in teaching and caring for them, and to raise up some of your first students as assistants for the next course.
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How should I start? Study these notes very carefully until you understand them in your heart. They will teach you the simple principles that Jesus and Paul used to see the early church grow by 'multiplying'. Pray to discover the best start up time. Meanwhile study the course yourself. Then like Jesus, after much prayer. You choose and invite your disciples. Agree the best time to meet. All of these have been tried in different countries and they work: Once a week for two years, that is 2 x 13 week terms + 1 x 14 week term with a 3 week break at Christmas, a 3 week break at Easter and a 6 week break at harvest time. Or 2 lessons a week for 1 year. Or 2 months in, 2 months back home. You decide what is best for you. How do I run a class? Prepare your lesson in advance. If you do not, they will all know! Allow two hours for each session. Photocopy the lesson notes in advance, or students must take their own notes if they can write, or work hard to remember if they cannot. Be a House of Prayer for All Nations. Always begin with worship, praise and prayer, Psalm 100. As part of your worship and training make time for intercession for the nation that is given in each lesson. A different student each time can come prepared to lead the prayer and give more information about the nation. Then learn the memory verse together. Its a good habit. Take turns to practice reading the Bible passages out loud. Teach the lesson in your language always taking time to find and read the Bible verses referred to. See the notes on how to teach. Afterwards let the people discuss what they have learned. Be careful to only guide and never dominate the conversation. A suggestion to start the talking is contained in each lesson. Explain the practical assignment to the students. Graduation in this course is by achievement not by academic ability or memorisation of the teaching. Do not allow any student to go on to the next lesson until they have done their practical work, unless they have a very good reason, such as illness. Each student must keep a record in a notebook of what they have done, the date, and the result, always initialled by you each week when you see it. The meditation is to do at home to unlock the treasures in Gods word. Explain the written homework for the students who want to qualify for the diploma. You should mark and return the work which should then be kept safe and clean for later use.
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Above all enjoy the Lord, enjoy being with each other and enjoy learning Gods word. Dont be too serious and sober. Laugh a little, eat and drink together as friends. 5. How much should the people pay? This course comes to you free, so, as Jesus says, "Freely you have received, freely give." Matthew 10.8. Of course the students should pay for expenses and their notes but please do not sell the Word of God. 6. Will this kind of training work? In 1983, Miguel Diez and his wife prayed, and began to preach to street people in their town in Spain. Drug addicts, prostitutes and criminals were saved and Miguel then taught them these same principles of Discipleship, Evangelism, Serving God, and Kingdom Economics. The new disciples worked to bring in money for their group, witnessing day and night. Today when many Spanish churches still have only 50 members, Miguel has over 36,000 people, with missions in 56 nations. John Joseph in India is seeing the beginnings of similar results as his young men take the lessons back to the jungles and the rural villages. Does it work? After almost 20,000,000 hits on this website since 1999, there are now many schools springing up all over the world. The testimonies are many. It works, and it will for you as well. 7. How do I teach the people? The worst thing you can do is stand at the front and speak for an hour When a person only hears a lesson he remembers very little of it, maybe 25%, and often less. When people see something that interests them, they remember maybe 50%, or more. When a person learns by doing something themselves, they remember nearly everything, and never forget it. Concentrate on this! People generally cease to concentrate after about twenty minutes, so have regular pauses and breaks. Ask people to tell each other what they have just learned. Get them, to stand, pray, stretch or walk about to restore the concentration level. Creativity is crucial. Enjoy your time together Have breaks after each session to talk and have coffee, soft drinks or tea. Find some biscuits, give out some sweets during the lesson. You will soon make friends. Vary the teaching methods Outrageous examples are never forgotten. Involve the people to the maximum. Let the students do drama sketches, sing or mime to illustrate your points. Use a blackboard to draw lots of diagrams, pictures and charts. Draw maps, pictures and bring objects to illustrate your lesson. Use music from cassettes, video, slides or films if you can. Get the students to work in small groups or to debate topics. Above all, practice 2 Timothy 2.2 and arrange for those who have learned from you to go and repeat the lesson to another group, and encourage that group to go and tell others. In this way the word spreads widely and grows in power.

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Who Am I?
Dear Student and Reader,

I have no church position, pulpit, religious title or salary. I speak about Jesus only from time to time in the local village church we attend in my own country, but my friends, my colleagues and my former students have taken responsibility for many thousands of people, most of them poor by anyones standards, in many countries of the world. I was born and still live in the West, but sometimes I wonder if that wasn't one of Gods rare mistakes, not that he ever makes any of course. I rarely leave my family that I love for longer than two weeks away yet I delight in spending nearly every waking moment serving in Latin America, in Africa, in India or even further away where no-one else ever seems to go to. All by means of the Internet, telephone, fax and mail. A very long time ago, I was a businessman with a big house and a big car, but now my greatest friends, to whom I would trust my life, are among the forgotten peoples of the world. Once upon a time I drank too much, treated people very badly, made many mistakes and thought nothing of it. Then in 1977 Jesus met with me; he saved me, healed me, set me free from innumerable vices and habits, filled me with his Spirit and called me to serve him. This I have done for twentyfive years by the grace of God alone, and with the help of my family and a small circle of dear friends from different churches. If you wish you can find out a bit more from this page: http://www.dci.org.uk/main/findout.htm The lessons in this book are my own notes. They have been a blessing to me and I hope they are to you as well. The mistakes are mine alone; forgive me please, I am still a learner and willing to be corrected. Together with my wife and my children we send you our greetings with our prayers, only asking that you will pray for us also. Who am I? I am yours, because of Jesus,

A fellow servant

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


A MANUAL FOR STUDENTS, COURSE LEADERS AND PASTORS For the free School of Mission lessons. Every known question with our answers The DCI School of Mission Network 1985-2010 The DCI Foundation England In association with churches and denominations worldwide Contents How Do You Enrol or Begin, Prices, Lessons by post ? Can You Receive or Issue a Diploma ? For Pastors, Leaders and Supervisors How does the School of Mission work best ? How Do You Open Your Own School ? Other Practical/ PC Questions, Who Are We, etc 1. For individual students and personal at home study How do I begin ? How much does this Course cost ? Nothing at all. It is free, no catches, no small print, no credit cards. Free. This version of the School of Mission and our time to help you get started is free. A similar course, not ours, in the UK costs at least 2,500 / $4,000 plus a similar amount for accommodation and meals so you know how valuable this free gift is. At no time will anyone from DCI World Christians ask you for money, credit card numbers, cheques or fees to pay for these studies. If they do, they are not from DCI World Christians and you should never pay anyone for these study materials. Can you send me the lessons by post ? We are sorry but we cannot do this because the cost of printing and posting thousands of packages would be very costly and we could never offer you the teaching free of charge. You can collect all the lessons in about 10 minutes and print them out one at a time as you need them. Can I do this Course by correspondence ? We are sorry, but we could never handle thousands of lessons coming in from all
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over the world. The answer is to find a local supervisor, see below. Do I have to enrol for the School ? No, not at all. There is no application form, we will accept you as our student and we will help you. These are the studies from our original School of Mission in England. The materials are free for everybody, of all ages, male and female, poor or rich, younger or older and of all colours, races and backgrounds. This Course is our gift to you. The studies are also being taught in hundreds of churches and classes all over the world. What do I do first in each study lesson ? As long as all the work gets done, it is not important which order you choose. The main study material on each page is to get you searching and thinking about the subject. We then emphasise the lesson with scripture readings and conversation. We give you a short essay to write and we ask to you to actually do something practical that will help you to turn the learning into experience. Approach each lesson in the way that suits you best, but if I can make a suggestion why not try this: 1. The Bible readings to set the context. 2. The actual study. 3. Memorise the verse. 4. Meditate on the given verse. 5. The written work. 6. The practical project. 7. The conversation. 8. Don't forget the two prayer times, beginning and end. Please bear in mind that if you are doing the Course as an individual, which is just great, some of these items, like the 'Talk about this . . .' are really designed for small group use. Maybe your family and friends will be pleased to hear what you have discovered. You do not have to do everything at once, people often complete a study over a week. Can I take just one section of the study programme ? Yes, of course, please help yourself to as many or as few of the studies as you wish. In you are doing the whole course we don't mind in which order you handle the lessons. You can take things in order from number one in the list of studies, or you can begin in the section that interests you the most. Must I do the practical and written assignments ? No, not at all but you will gain the maximum benefit if you do so. Some people only do the main section as a personal devotional. In some cases people simply cannot write well in English or even in their own language, and in some repressive countries if students try and do the practical projects they could end up in prison. We do not want that to happen. As an alternative to our practical projects you could speak to your Pastor, and ask if he or she will employ you in similar church activities for two hours for each study. If you are studying for a Certificate then you should maintain a list of jobs
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done and hours taken. This was always acceptable in our own school. Do I need to buy books and how much will they cost ? The only book you will need is a Bible in your language. How long does it take to complete the Course? We suggest that all the studies, assignments and practical work should be completed within a maximum period of two years, which is more than ample. Many people do one lesson a week, and do every part thoroughly. Others but do a study every three or four days. One study a day would be ridiculous cramming and of no lasting benefit. You need to give yourself space and time for the Bible content to go past your mind and take root in your heart and spirit, and you need time to do the assignments. There is no benefit at all in rushing through the studies, and haste will make a disciple. Can I get a diploma ? Will you issue a diploma for me from England ? We are sorry, originally we tried to offer this but it soon became clear that we could never handle the verification of thousands of applications from all over the world. We will show you how to gain or issue a credible diploma in your location. See the special diploma section below. How can I receive a diploma ? It is not difficult. For example, most churches, missions and Bible Schools that are using these studies issue their own Diplomas to successful students. These are very acceptable to churches, authorities, employers and officials in their local area because they can be verified on the spot. STEP ONE: If you are willing to work through every part of each lesson and take the exam at the end and wish to receive a diploma then before you start you should speak to your pastor or church/mission/cell/school leader, explain the Course and ask if he or she would be willing to issue you with a diploma if you complete this Course properly under supervision. Most leaders and ministers are more than willing than help and feel thrilled to meet a member who is hungry to know God's word. Churches and Bible Schools will often adopt this Course and run it once they see what it is. STEP TWO: You will need to find a legitimate supervisor who will read and mark your written work, listen to your reports of the practical work, talk things through with you and keep your records and registers. It is he or she that will present your results to the pastor or leader. STEP THREE: At the end of your studies either your local church or mission leader or a similar professional must examine your work and your supervisor's records. Then if your work is up to standard the church or organisation should issue you with a credible diploma usually as part of a Sunday service or cell group meeting. Often churches and Bible Schools have a special Graduation Ceremony for their students. Who could be my supervisor ? We suggest that supervisors can be, for example - pastors, elders, assistant
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pastors, missionaries, retired church or missions leaders, parents, cell or home group leaders and retired folk as long as they are mature believers, responsible, people of integrity who know their Bible and who will spend time talking and praying with the student. We think that one man or woman can handle up to 6 students, more or less. See the section below for supervisors. If you could get a few friends to study together, and a church leader to approve your meeting, and a competent person to supervise you, then you have a new School of Mission under way and you can issue your own diplomas. See the section below for advice about this. 2. FOR PASTORS, LEADERS AND SUPERVISORS SPECIALLY FOR SCHOOL OF MISSION COURSE LEADERS Question: How does the School of Mission work best ? Answer: The EAPTC model in Nairobi, Kenya When Korean missionary Paul Lee came to Nairobi some years ago he opened a traditional Bible School which although it was good, it did not achieve the hoped for results in terms of many graduates going on to plant new churches and engage with cross-cultural mission. Five years ago Paul changed to the discipleship-based DCI School of Mission and since then graduates have opened more than 60 new churches and Schools of Mission in Kenya, more than 40 in Uganda and others in Burkina Faso, Malawi and Sudan. The School of Mission in Malawi has just had its first graduation and one student is already in the process of opening the training in Botswana. Paul Lee's goal is to open 10,000 new churches and Schools of Mission across all Africa, and worldwide. He is well on the way. This is how the EAPTC School of Mission in Nairobi works: 1. Applications are taken for the next course. 2. A simple selection procedure of up to 15 students per course takes place. 3. The School of Mission programme is offered part-time, daily for six months, in any available room, no expensive special facilities needed. The atmosphere is outward looking to unreached peoples and the nations, and the expectancy is that many students will go and open a new School elsewhere, form a new church around it, or at the very least return to their home churches as better equipped men and women to serve the pastor. 4. Graduation. Every graduate is officially authorised to repeat the training in another location. In effect the student becomes the teacher. A copy of the School materials is made available for purchase at cost price. This is the key to growth. 5. The graduates return to their home church. The home church becomes a mother church by sending out the graduate to repeat the School of Mission in another urban or rural locality, or over the border in another country. The process then repeats . . . 1. The new free School of Mission is advertised by word of mouth.
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2. Applications come in, students are selected. 3. The new School repeats the programme part-time in 6 to 24 months. The graduate has become the director/teacher/pastor. The free training inevitably brings about prayer, outreach, worship and fellowship which is consolidated into a daughter church which is supported by the mother church. Graduation Day. Graduates are authorised to repeat the training in another location. Again some students go and become the next teachers/pastors. "In this way the word of the Lord spreads widely and grows in power" (Acts 19.20) which is the vision of the original School of Mission back in 1987, in England. 6. Meanwhile the Nairobi School of Mission at EAPTC holds another course . . . see step one. Evangelical Alliance for Preacher Training and Commission c/o GMK, P.O. Box 3774, Nairobi 00506, Kenya. Internet: www.eaptc.org From Dr. Les Norman, the founder of the Schools of Mission network: If you are the leader of an existing School of Mission or just thinking about starting one and joining the network, I urge you to adopt and adapt this model from Kenya because the results are truly outstanding, and I have seen them for myself. How can I open a School of Mission? Can I open a new Training School with your materials ? Can my existing Training School use your materials ? Yes, to both questions. All the studies and any advice you need are our gift to you free of charge. We will do all we can to help you. How do I issue a credible diploma ? This next section is exclusively for Bible School, Mission and Church Leaders who have been approached by a student or his or her supervisor to request approval and covering for a forthcoming course of studies with the hope that the church, mission, school or organisation will issue a diploma at the end of the course of studies and after the examination provided. At the end of the Course of Studies it is normal and expected by successful students that they will receive a Diploma or Certificate. Some leaders may also wish to present students with interim awards after every section of studies in order to affirm and encourage them. A proper Certificate rewards the students perseverance and diligence and it is an asset for them to add to their CV and to present to prospective employers, church leaderships, and to colleges of higher education. In order for a certificate to be credible it needs to be issued correctly. This page will help the leadership to reward their students with a valuable qualification. A student should be presented with two items: The Certificate. The Transcript, which is an explanation and validation. The Certificate Do not publish a copy of your certificates on the Internet as unscrupulous people
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will make copies and sell them on the streets. This diminishes the value and credibility of the genuine certificates. It is easy to make your own certificates. On a PC both Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Corel, Serif and so on all have ready-made templates with fancy borders that you can use. Just add your words, the layout of your choice, and the names of your students and print, preferably with a colour printer. A certificate does not have to be complex or expensive. You can buy ready made blank certificates at major stationery and paper suppliers in most large towns worldwide. One make is Decadry. You may call your award a Certificate or Diploma of Biblical Studies if you wish. It should contain the title, a confirmation that <your students name> has satisfactorily completed a supervised course of studies supplied by Dr. L H Norman at The DCI World Christians Network, England from <date> to <date> and has passed the Course examination, (with merit, or honours as necessary). The Certificate should be signed in ink by two officials, dated, rubber stamped front and rear, and if a red wax or plastic seal can be attached to the front, so much the better. It should be presented in a hard Certificate holder or clear plastic folder or envelope to keep it clean. The Transcript This is the validation for the Certificate and should be type-written on headed paper, each page rubber-stamped and initialled or signed by the pastor or School Principal. Anything less than this will be treated with suspicion by any examining body in the future. A second original should be kept by the School. The transcript must contain the following: 1. Students full name, address, passport or ID card number and date of birth. 2. Students passport-size photo, glued to the page, rubber stamped over the edge. 3. Title of Course and Dates of Course. 4. Location of course, and name of the Course Leader or School Principal. 5. Name and full contact details for the students supervisor. 6. List of all titles studied. See below for a ready made list to copy. 7. Confirmation of number of essays submitted with average mark gained. 8. Confirmation of number of practical assignments completed. 9. Date of Examination and the actual result. 10. Source of study material which is Dr. Les Norman, Th.D, M.Ph, DCI World Christians, PO Box 5091, Nottingham NG25 0DH, England. 11. The academic valuation. This will be understood by a College or Higher Education or a University who may or may not allow academic credits to be considered towards a course of further study offered by them. Please note that no guarantee whatsoever should be given to any student that any University or College will automatically accept the values awarded by this Certificate or any other from an outside institution. However many colleges will certainly take these studies into account, especially with a credible transcript to accompany them.
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"Dr. Les Norman, Th.D, M.Ph, of DCI World Christians in the UK, confirms that if the full Course were completed on their premises and under their supervision the actual classroom and study time would be as follows: 85 lessons at 1.5 classroom or study hours each = 127.5 hours. 85 written assignments at 3 hours each = 255 hours. 85 practical assignments at 2 hours each =170 hours. Total classroom and assignment clock hours = 552 hours. The 552 total hours equals 34 credit hours. Therefore the academic valuation of this Certificate of Biblical Studies is said to be 34 semester credits." This last section was exclusively for Bible School, Mission and Church Leaders who have been approached by a student or his or her supervisor to request approval and covering for a forthcoming course of studies with the hope that the church, mission, school or organisation will issue a diploma at the end of the course of studies and after the examination provided. Please write to Dr Les Norman for any further advice or clarification: support@dci.org.uk Does a Diploma provide any academic credits ? It is impossible to guarantee that any academic institution will accept outside certificates but many colleges and universities will certainly take your certified work into consideration. For example, a valid diploma issued that proceeds from these studies will be taken into account by New Covenant International University in the USA in applying for credits towards their Higher Studies. NCIU have a website and e-mail contact in English at www.newcovenant.edu Do graduates become pastors automatically ? Pastor is a gifting from God that is seen and recognized not a title or a rank that is awarded by men. Have your students done the written work, the practical projects and the exam ? The students need to think, pray, write and do what Jesus did. Please do not graduate students who have only sat through the lessons or give them the title of pastor. Let them earn a church's recognition by doing what Jesus did. Can we have diplomas from the UK ? Each School of Mission should prepare its own diploma in its own language, signed by local leaders who can be contacted if there is any doubt in the future when the graduates show their diploma. Nobody will believe that a diploma from the UK in the hands of a village pastor is a genuine document so local signatures are very important. Do the students need to be formally supervised and examined ? Yes - if your church or Bible School wishes to offer a credible diploma at the end of the Course. You will need to keep meticulous records to be able to verify any enquiries about a student at a later date, for example from an employer or University admissions office. No - if people are taking the studies for their own enjoyment and personal growth

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as in a weekly Bible Study meeting at church. What do we do if we don't have enough supervisors in our church? Well, why not think about asking for help from another church, maybe even from a very different kind of church altogether. Working together with other churches is very healthy and iron sharpens iron as the proverb says. Retired people, retired pastors and missionaries are often also very willing to help. How can our own school or church issue credible certificates ? If you are a School or Church Leader see the page of full information on how to issue credible certificates. Can I call my new school a DCI School? Thank you for your confidence but for legal reasons, it will be better for you if you use your own name in your own language. Using the name of this network without authorisation and permission may bring you problems and unwanted interest from officials. You may of course say that you are using materials and studies supplied by The DCI Trust in England. Specially For Teachers and Supervisors What does a supervisor have to do? A supervisor reads and marks students lessons, and most of all takes a friendly interest in the student. Supervisors have to report to the pastor or leader at the end of the course and so they must keep the following simple but careful records: (1) A register of the studies that a student has completed, with the date, and a signature to say he or she is satisfied that the student has learned the subject. (2) A register of the written work that is part of each study with the date and with comments about the quantity and quality of work. The student must keep his work safe ready for later examination if necessary. Here is a guide to marking: Because this Course is used worldwide among people who have English as their second or third language we keep the marking plan very simple. The same marking guide can be used for the examination. A = 80% -100% Truly outstanding work, only awarded sparingly. Supervisors should only award an A or an A+ in the case of an extraordinarily good piece of work, otherwise there is no means of rewarding a special achievement. B = 70% - 79% Very good work, clear understanding of the subject. C = 50% - 69% Average work, could maybe do better. D = 50% and less. The lesson or examination needs to be repeated for the student to grasp the meaning. Each grade could have + or - as well, for example a B - or a C+ (3) A record of the goal and the results of the practical work with the title and the date. We never look for instant success on every occasion, rather that every outreach would be a learning experience. How do you mark the essays as A, B, C etc.?
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You have to judge the length of the work, 350/400 words would be a page for me. Then I see if the student has actually answered the question asked and not written an answer to a hasty glance at the question. Then I look at content, I ask myself whether the student is answering within the boundaries of the subject, then of course I look for truth, accuracy and presentation, neatness and legibility. I would consult with a local high school teacher for the locally understood way of judging work. Some cultures value some things far more than others and it is important to know what they might be. Where is the examination ? You will find it in all the download packages and it comes with a guide to how to offer the examination either in parts or as a whole at the end. The marking scale is seen above. At the end of the course a supervisor may ask for the file of exam answers. When you e-mail us please include your full name, address, age, ID card or passport number, telephone number, your minister's name, and the church name and address, and the very same details for your student. Thank you. What happens at the end of the course? At the end of the studies, the supervisor should take the registers, records and samples of work to the minister or leader who originally agreed to approve the studies with a diploma. The minister or leader should review and approve the following:. 1. The three kinds of record sheets detailed above together with the supervisor's opinions and private recommendations. 2. The examination results. 3. The student's behaviour and willingness during the course. He or she may also want to interview the student. Normally the diplomas are issued at a Graduation Ceremony which all the church, families and friends are invited to attend. We would ask each student to publicly state their vision for future service. 3. More questions and more answers What does DCI mean ? DCI covers the activities of a group of people in different nations encompassing The DCI Foundation, the Schools of Mission, the World Christians News Pages and this web site. The name comes from Romans 1.1 in the Bible where in the original language Paul describes himself as a 'Doulos Christou Iesou' a servant of Jesus Christ. This title from way back in 1986 reminds us of our place and calling to serve the Lord and a world of people. Who are you and where are you from ? See Who Are We on www.dci.org.uk The Course Director is Dr. Les Norman, Th.D, Ph.M with over 30 years of experience in Christian work. We are in England, and to keep expenses low we all work from home and live simply. Our colleagues and students come from all over the world. Which denomination do you belong to ? The DCI movement intentionally does not belong to any one denomination and the
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people who work together in this missions network come from many different modern and classical expressions of the Christian faith across the nations. Academically, we are affiliated to NCI University in the USA where Dr. Les Norman is accredited as an associate professor. Here in the UK base the Director and his family belong to a growing modern evangelical church and other colleagues belong to similar churches, larger or smaller of different denominations. Do you have a statement of faith ? We are in agreement with the 381 AD Nicene Creed or the Apostles Creed of the early church which is to most classical and modern Christian groups worldwide.. "We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. " (The word "catholic" refers to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.) How can I help you in return ? Thank you for thinking about that. We really appreciate all help as we charge no fees for the studies either for the Internet version or historically in our actual schools. We also regularly support many people and projects in mission and in work amongst the poor. We do not have any denominational or corporate sponsorship and do not carry advertisements on our web site. If the School of Mission is a blessing to you, then an offering will help us provide it freely to many others in the developing world who have no means at all of funding their studies, and we can also help our graduates and leaders make a start with new mission or care projects. What other languages are available ? See our front page at www.dci.org.uk and you will find English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cebuano, German, Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Moor, Romanian, Russian, Kiswahili, Telegu and Chinese. We welcome all offers to join our team and translate the studies into other languages. What is best for a leaders conference in the developing world? If you only have time for seven sessions, and the people already know the basics then we recommend the following foundational topics from the main list: 11.Gods Plan for The World; 12.The Great Commission; 38.Bring Back the King; 63.Growing the Church; 64.The Harvest Church; 65.A Servant Church; 66.A Discipling Church Can I make copies of your studies for others ?
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